Viewpoint of the Fjords

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VOF - 1174
National Technical University of Athens / gr Greece
3 members
Konstantinos Stamou
Aggeliki Tsilidi

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In a world dominated by imagery, we have lost the ability to use our senses in a way that lets us grasp every experience substantially. Even the one which is considered the most significant nowadays, that is, vision. Focused vision is the important aspect now. How about busting this treaty? Peripheral vision integrates us with space, while focused vision pushes us out of the space, making us mere spectators. We have forgotten that we are not receivers of images, but parts of this world, and to truly experience a landscape one has to act like a part, placing oneself in the flow of reality and not just observing. The multiplicity of peripheral stimuli of the forest effectively pull us into the reality of its space. We are a limb of the place, temporarily. Our proposal is based on experiencing the breathtaking landscape of Geirangerfjord through peripheral vision and acknowledging the latter’s importance in perceiving the world. It is composed by a number of cast material frame-like structures, placed next to each other creating a tunnel-like path that leads to the cliff in front of Homolngsætra, above the sea, and can be separated in three parts. In the first part that we like to call “Being-in-the-world”, that begins next to the farm, the frames are placed within a small distance, like half a meter, from each other, a gesture that lets the person inside to maintain the essence of the place while being in the tunnel, thanks to his/her peripheral vision. Then, the frames are getting closer to each other, and the tunnel gets smaller, blocking the peripheral vision from perceiving the idea of the place, while openings in some frames let someone see certain objects, realising their unimportance without the essence of the place. This phase can be called “Floating-out-of-the-world”. Finally, the frames get ripped in the end, leading the walker on a terrace-like space where he/she can contemplate the whole fjord, having been prompted to accept/admit the role of peripheral vision in grasping the experience. Does a rock have meaning or importance without the existence of the context? Or how about this tree? Unlike focused vision which makes us spectate isolated figures, peripheral vision enables us to experience the very essence of the context, the atmosphere, the identity of the place, and, ultimately, be-in-the-world as a part of it.

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