Theme: A Step Across the Border

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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ABOUT

The GIDE Lugano 2017 workshop theme of a “Step across the Border” aimed to step beyond the visible reality and established spatial encounters by inviting student teams to develop design approaches to explore the sociology of space. The “sociology” of space examines the social and material constitution of spaces. It is concerned with understanding the social practices, institutional forces, and material complexity of how humans and spaces interact. This is important to examine as it challenges the ocular centric tendencies to think of spaces and places as essential visual encounters. Human behaviours help us to understand, reflect and design space and time differently. So, let’s take time to observe and investigate the sociology of spaces and places to discover and highlight what we can call “boundary moments” which are sometimes invisible for us.

WHAT
During the workshop interdisciplinary student teams focused on human behaviours which played out beyond our visual radar somewhere in urban space. Different design tools and methods were required to reveal the various social and invisible boundaries and/or to redefine material visible boundaries.

Nine teams were required to use, as their muse a specific area of the city of Lugano to explore the transitory or more prolonged interaction between human behaviours and the spaces they occupied. Teams were required to select two (in)visible “boundary moments” occurring in their site and were required to explore interior and exterior urban spaces and focus effort on only one of the observed “boundary moments”, and elaborate on this through a statement and through a short video (time-based) documentary supported by a poster that conveyed the main concepts, observations and design rational for the work.

HOW
During the exploration of each observable, heard, sensed or perceived “boundary moments” being played out in the site, teams were required to carefully observe users in their specific site. Teams had to be guided by the people flow, human behaviours and the moments that occurred: a design approach that required improvisation:

“It is the moment that counts, the intuitive sense of what is happening in the space.” . (Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel about the film “Step Across the Border”)

The video documentary is in effect a spatial documentation, an inquiry, a design and a representation tool, able to capture and communicate the interactions between space and human behaviour in a specific timeframe.

OUTPUT
Each team was required to produce:
– a short documentary, max. 3 minutes, which describe an (in)visible “boundary moment”
– a short documentary poster (50x70cm)

Delivery deadline: 9 February 2017, at 2.30 pm.

Final team outputs were presented and displayed in the Ex-Macello of Lugano for the duration of the exhibition until Sunday12th February 2017.

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(*) The “sociology” of space examines the social and material constitution of spaces. It is concerned with understanding the social practices, institutional forces, and material complexity of how humans and spaces interact.

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REFERENCES:

Step Across the Border. Reg. Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel. RecRec (Switzerland), 1990. Film.
– Löw Martina. “The Sociology of Space – Materiality, Social Structures, and Action.”
New York: Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016. See also -> SPACE THINKS? Sociological concepts of space of Sergej Stoetze
http://www.ugolapietra.com/