La Terrasse vol.2
"This presentation's aim is to find out how to get people dancing to the sound of colors, grooving to the beat of shapes, feeling the scratchy vocal touch of sharp corners combined with the smoothness of free flow lines"
Rhythm: the movement of sound in an ongoing pattern, the recurring merits of the written words in poetry, the pulse of the heart and the terrestrial locomotion movement of a human being. They all portray a periodic existence over diverse contexts. They are all repetitive, enduring and metrical in their own way.
The experience of rhythm can be physical, generating additional rhythms with different formations of motion structures and dissimilar functions. It can also be experienced in an abstract form, when gazing upon a static structure such as a painting with rhythmic qualities in it. It can be a visual perception of interactions that convert stability to a hierarchically organized movement. Rhythm can be read, heard and performed; it can be seen, measured and analyzed; it can exist as bare and fragmented in a physical appearance or occur as an abstract presence in physiological concentrations. Rhythms can be translated into the ability to apply and utilize the movement to an outer base or source. To create causal nexus between the body, environment and the objects in one scene.
“I consider music the production of sound. And since in the piece which you will hear I produce sound, I would call it music,” stated the music theorist and composer John Cage before performing his piece “Water Walk” (1959). Cage experimented with sound compositions and challenged the perception of music by instrumentalists, singers, artists and the crowd. The use of uncommon instruments like an iron pipe, bathtub with water, ice cubes, rubber duck, a vase of roses and more to compose his music, received peals of laughter from the audience that contributed further to the makeup of the composition in “Water Walk”. The sequence of sounds, the movement in the space, the flow of the water and the pulse of the crowd’s laughter draw together a complete constituent of rhythms.
La Terrasse’s next presentation of work will be created by designers, writers and poets exploring the rhythm that is hidden or manifested in designed objects, in the process of making the products, and the rhythm of words in the context of language within poetry. Triggered by Cage’s composition, each designer and writer will question, explore and scrutinize rhythmic patterns, and will communicate his own perception of sequenced movement. This presentation's aim is to find out how to get people dancing to the sound of colors, grooving to the beat of shapes, feeling the scratchy vocal touch of sharp corners combined with the smoothness of free flow lines. An interior that can be heard without any beat pumping in the space. An interpretation of visual rhythm.
Milan Design Week 2016