Depicting A Special Environment
Ivan Garibyan, Anastasia Tikhonova, Vasilisa Petrova
The project was created as part of the international student competition for the philosophy museum in Kaliningrad, dedicated to 300th anniversary of Immanuel Kant’s birth. Until Second World War, there were five bridges that led to the Kant Island in Konigsberg. In our project, we have proposed to restore some bridges, making each one into the part of the museum. In the museum complex, we have divided history of the philosophy into three main periods: antique, medieval, and modern philosophy, providing each with a separate building. A bridge is a symbol of hope, interaction of shores, cultures, knowledge and generations. Kant island became a common center. We have decided to leave it for the different attractions linked with art and philosophy.
Who influences you graphically?
We think that every project needs its own graphic style, capable to reveal the project’s idea. We have to create stories, not just mindlessly fill the images. In addition, we prefer collage graphic, which we found rather poetic and artistic. It not just represents the function of the project, but tells a story. Talking about an influence, we should mention OMA, Dogma, AA diplomas and some of Russian young bureaus, such as Wall and Nowadays.
How important was surrealism to the development of the project?
An idea to use Magritte came to us in an instance. It dictated the general direction of the project’s representation. In the project, as well as in the illustrations, we wanted to show the thoughtfulness and enthusiasm of the visitor to the museum. Unlike art museums, constant interaction between the viewer and the space is necessary. Philosophy is non-materialistic, it can be felt only through comprehension. The viewer needs to think. To help this, interactive halls, installations, enfilade space passing through the line of development of philosophy, and so on can be used. Surrealistic paintings by Magritte are philosophical and devoid of specifics. His characters are impersonal. Of course, this painting inspires and creates a special atmosphere, which we think is suitable for a philosophical museum.
What were the driving forces when constructing each image?
The main idea was to try to depict a special environment, corresponding to the idea and the mood of the project, to give all the pictures a common style, despite the different architecture.
The images appear to be devoid of human habitation, was this intentional?
It seemed to us that it makes no sense to fill the images with a lot of staffing, which is usually used when "reviving" the renders of public spaces projects. We wanted to create the impression of an early morning in a quiet city. Almost all the characters are turned back to the viewer and observe the architecture, each thinking about his own. There is no urban bustle and a lot of people who can distract from the thoughts that appear during a walk past the museum bridges.
How did you operate as a group when crafting the representation of the proposal?
After we completed the individual projects of three bridges, it was necessary to give them a single graphical presentation. During the preparation of each picture, together we discussed the necessary foreshortenings, interior views and elements of the collage.