Pleats | Relational systems: the body and climate
Pleats explores notational systems as indexes of localized phenomena. Experimenting with materials and forms that capture movement on a human scale, here I create a system in which the wind becomes a score for human movement. This work mediates between intimacy and notions of boundaries in the public realm, and explores how these physical boundaries influence our movement patterns and interactions. As the piece moves and bends, it draws attention to the trees moving above.
Inspired by Deleuze's chapter, The Pleats of Matter in Folds, this work challenges the notion that perception and orientation are a static experience. By creating multiple paths of travel through the piece, each frame produced by the structure creates new perspectives out into the city. As the piece changes and moves with the wind this sense of orientation shifts.
With intent to challenge notions about orientation and urban wind patterns, my work aims to expose the impact forms in the public environment have on our sensory experience. In doing so, this project visualizes larger sublime forces at work in urban micro-climates and invites the viewer to consider how we move through the built world in relation to an environment that is in flux. Focusing on site rather than place, this work displaces what is visible and invisible, and challenges notions of climate as beyond human experience.