Functions and Fictions
(Scenarios of the Pool)
22.07 - 06.08. 2017.
with: Marija Bjelic
in collaboration with Lea Collet & Marios Stamatis
MAIN CAST (workshop participants):
Nanna L H Nielsen
Events that are part of 'Scenarios of the Pool' series all took place in 2017, July - October.
From a curatorial standpoint, they were conceived with an idea to look at architecture as a subject of representation and exhibition.
Three consecutive parts of the project are, chronologically, a workshop (Functions and Fictions), a performance (After Blue Interval) and an exhibition, all deliberately focusing on the swimming pool both as a case-study (architectural object as curatorial subject) and an environment (exhibition space). The workshop was a platform to test out the potential of a swimming pool to act as a performance-driven environment / exhibition space.
The project considers the role of human body and action as tools for measuring, and thus representing spaces.
Functions and Fictions - Scenarios of the Pool is a workshop made in the context of European Architecture Students’ Assembly (EASA) 2017, in Fredericia, Denmark. During the period of 2 weeks, the participants were analyzing the aspects of a local swimming pool, hidden from sight on EASA campus (abandoned part of Fredericia’s town hospital).
Comparing the context of an artificial entity to the one of the sea, which was only 50 meters away, the group reflected on the typology, the symbolic notions and the potential fictional use of the pool.
The process involved reading architectural gestures as scores, making and breaking connections between actions and spaces, staging and real life, fiction and function. The final result was a live performance which opened up the doors of the swimming pool to the rest of the campus for the first time - in this case, the doors being the window facing the courtyard of the hospital.
The title of the final wokrshop event - EASA Pool S03E07 - refers to the way episodes of TV series are commonly coded, in the SxxExx form, suggesting that the ongoing activity is only one of the possible scenarios that could have happened inside the pool area.
EASA POOL S03E07
We look at the pool as a unique architectural situation; where we project nature in artificial ways and strip down our social behavior to its most natural state.
We become animals that we are, liberated from our clothes our shoes and our bad posture, blurring the boundary between me and you, between the tutor and the participant, the viewer and the actor, the scene and the audience, wilderness and intimacy. Our body shapes and colors become liquified, malleable and dissolved under water.
"Water, the material imagination, finds pure matter par excellence, matter that is naturally pure".* The jungle and the swamp and the ocean are intertwined with our social and physical selves. We swim and we dive, we get out and we feel better.
The pool of thoughts, the pool of metaphors, the pool of animals and skins, the pool of love, how deep is your love, is it like the ocean?