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Flaneur: Post-Mortem

First secondthird Our group visualized our identity as the Flaneur in several ways. First, we wanted our work to embody the wandering qualities of the Flaneur by creating different visual attractions to guide the eye in a wandering fashion around the landscape. Second, we chose to use a reflective material so that the viewer would be both an observer of the landscape, as well as being able to see themselves reflected in, and a part of, the landscape. This was inspired by the Flaneur being both a part of the city as the navigate it, and an observer. fourth fifth sixth Our work is an example of psychogeography because it is intended to alter the viewer’s perception of the landscape. To begin with our site is one that is often overlooked, making the mylar a drastic change to the landscape. The piece both works with, and contrasts with, the landscape by contrasting natural and unnatural materials and shapes. The bizarre and shiny nature of the landscape now entirely changes the way it is perceived and interacted with. Passersby stop to stare at what was once overlooked. We were influenced by the idea that “our own journey [through the landscape] is entirely imaginary” and used this idea to try to create a landscape which would inspire the imagnings of the viewer (Coverley, 70). We also chose to tackle the Flaneur’s task of “reconciling the contradictory roles of everyday reality and unconscious desire” (Coverley, 73). The exsiting landscape represents our everyday reality and the abstract and brightly reflective shapes reflect unconscious desire. The artist that we were most inspired by was Andy Goldsworthy. His work is very site specific and encorporates materials found at the site. In our interpretation, we use the elements of the landscape such as rocks and trees, yet we chose to add and alter elements of the landscape in order to create disonnance between the viewer’s expectations and their visual experience.   (Group 2: Mariko, Rebecca, Hillary, Mikey, Xara)

Site Specific: Flaneur

We are imagining our psychogeographic figure in this way The concept of the flaneur centers around walking and looking. The flaneur is an observer of the crowd, whilst simultaneously being a part of the crowd. We are using this figure in order to… subvert perceptions of isolation in relation to the notion of the crowd. We are hoping that those looking at the sculpture can gain a new understanding of what it means to observe a familiar zone, but perceive it in an alternative consciousness. We are responding to our site in these particular ways… There is a lot going on at and around our site. There is a slanted piece of land, multiple rocks, trees, and a student gathering zone lovingly entitled “the hot rock.” We are hoping to work with this varied landscape and reflect it from multiple perspectives that will allow our participants to observe it in different ways than they are accustomed to. By utilizing predominantly shiny, reflective materials, we are hoping to create the illusion of the crowd and melt away the observer’s false notions of isolation. Since this is a social gathering zone, we want our sculpture to be large enough to engaged with by a large crowd of people. We are also hoping that it could be a conversation point for numerous people. We’re hoping to build our noodle-like structure into the slant of the land, working with the natural curve of the Earth, rather than in direct opposition to it. We are working with these materials… mylar, plaster, and chicken wire  
Mylar for life.

Mylar for life.

sketch of our sculpture in the site