competition 2016 Tortosa, Spain team with Laura Sanchis
Since we are conscious of humanity, we are constantly creating
measurement systems to delimit infinity. ‘Time’ unit, one of them, has
always been subject of multiples thoughts. While Newton refused relativity
of time and space, Leibniz talked about relativity of time in relation to
objects: two concepts of time. The relative, the human consciousness of
time; and the absolute, an immeasurable infinity continuum.
To realize the intervention around ‘Time’, we have chosen the court
of Reials Col·legis as one of the best examples of the Renaissance
architecture in Catalonia: the Re-naissance of classic shapes in which
the human is the centre of the world. The Vitruvian Man, done by Leonardo Da
Vinci, a witness of the period, studies proportions of mankind through a
human figure inside a circle and square.
Our project proposes an eccentric circle that distorts the symmetrical
perception of the squared court. This circle, made of white sheets of
human height, invades the void of the court wrapping some columns
and symbolizing eternity, infinity, as well as a cycle. From the outside,
the circle creates a convex space that repels and excludes the visitor,
but when crossing the limit, the space becomes concave unifying the
human with the sky and the Universe.
The combination with the Renaissance court helps forget the museistic
relation of contemplation and offers to the visitors a sensitive
experience without temporary distance. The physical presence of the
human in a space creates the relative time and makes the absolute
view of the space and time unapproachable.
Square and Circle; existing and new; permanent and ephemeral; hard and
soft; absolute and relative: all linked in the same Time and Space.