Imagine landing on a new planet. The morphology of the ground, air temperature, humidity, winds, radiations, and living beings are unknown. You first observe your surroundings in order to orient your body within this landscape, registering things like balance, direction, and comfort. You then develop tools to aide yourself in this perceptual exploration, leaving traces, marks, and inscriptions on the terrain as a result. The deeper your journey leads you, the more your experience begins to be shaped and mediated by these discoveries, altering your initial understanding. This generative process has the potential to either engage or remove you from your environment, depending on how you choose to situate yourself within it.
For this experimental camp, we will investigate notions of context in order to discover new relations between ourselves and the environment. Through a diverse array of interdisciplinary on-site workshops, we will develop our eyes and bodies in reading the physical and invisible landscapes of the high desert. A series of performative field-recordings and synthetic simulations will be produced to help frame our environments in an instrumental way, constituting the foundations for our designs.
Each expedition will develop new design tools and techniques that can be iteratively applied to the next expedition, constantly refining the work through a process of real-time assessment. The final outcome on-site will be a series of connected landscape structures that provide foundational benefits for the surrounding rural community. Off-site, we will process our collected environments and create a series of virtual narrative vignettes that transmit our worlds to a larger public.