Borders

June 2004

Graduation project for the Architectural Design Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam).The installation was exhibited during the week of the graduation show in June 2004. Borders is an interactive installation that translates movement into sounds. The installations communicates the paradox inherent in borders (the line that makes a distinction but needs cooperation to exist) and emphasises the playful process of the continuous creation of borders.

Using 14 laser beams I created a gridded space with 49 intersections, each linked to a different tone which is audible only when a person stands at an intersection and interrupts two beams simultaneously. As soon as someone else moves into the same line and interrupts a beam that crosses another intersection the tone changes. When a number of people standing in the installation, are all positioned between the lines and at a safe distance from one another, nothing will be heard. In the installation people collaborate to create a composition, communicating the paradox inherent in borders; the line that makes a distinction but needs cooperation to exist.

Growing up in Israel, a land plagued by border conflicts, I experienced the significance that nations place on boundaries. Though the national borders of European countries are fading fast, at a local level they are receiving renewed appreciation. The paradox inherent in borders is that they make a distinction but cannot be established without cooperation. A border is an agreement that exists only when both parties accept it. Allowing visitors in this installation to determine the borders is my way of making them aware of the manipulativity of such dividing lines.

June 2004

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keyboard boven  IMGP2088  kabels 2-2