THE VIDEO

“…Just to reexplain my project : I am architect and in Mid-November i decided to do a trip and go far away in a place where i never been before. The idea was to go overland and sea.
At this time i was asking me how to trace this trip and I found the followed idea ; let’s ask to people i met on the trip to made a handprint, a drawing of their hand on a piece of paper, in such a way that i can collect material and do after a construction, a shape with which i can play.
So, i chose as final destination Auroville because it constituted for me a background that inspires me. I mean by that, a place where there was a story talking about architecture, building a new town, universality, and human.
I arrived here in Mid-March and i stopped the collection of paper which means i had together the representation of more than 60 persons coming from 20 different nationalities. Than i started to build the Balloon.
So, why this project ?
As architect, this project is for me a sort of challenge, an exercise, a research. First on myself – by jumping into the unknown – and secondly on materiality – what would be the final expression of this assemblage of paper having collected plenty of different energy. Through this exercise, the project is giving some sense to my live for a certain duration. This means also that, through this existentialist process plus the research on materiality, the Balloon works for me as a sort of “Spiritual envelope”.
Following this, i consider the project as an architectural project because it is the way i am looking to practice this job. The research is the following ; before to be a question of design, how the architecture can be an envelope that make sense for the human, and how this envelope can react with the users.
As i describe the project as an architectural object, i can also say that the project is an expression of “the increasing of my consciousness”. If we look at the Balloon now, it has a certain size, which is the representation of the beginning of my trip. I can say then – if the Balloon is getting bigger after the inflation – that my consciousness has opened, through this trip, to some different things i never saw before such as landscape, people, culture etc.
Then, this architectural object is also a work on “Unity”. This because there was of course a challenge in this project which was ; “how to assemble together into a sphere those 120 squares having different colors”. One of the things i found is to work with this range of color at the top and at the beginning of the Balloon which could balance all theses different energy of different agitated colors.
And in fact with all this process, the idea is that maybe – as i am working on myself with this project – there will be at the end a sort of “mirror effect” for people looking at the entire project. In this way the project can than maybe bring some inspiration.
Ok, so, let’s start now … !

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