Criar Lisboa is an annual competition promoted by EGEAC that encourages the development of diverse artistic disciplines to perform in the public space of the city of Lisbon. These actions use these spaces as fields of expression and interaction between citizens.
The 2016 edition was named "View of Bridges" and it’s an invitation to work the dynamics and relationships that are established in the city. An exposure of the interaction between the inhabitants of the riverside.
Lisbon is admired for its light, the hospitality of its inhabitants, the rugged topography that allows wide views of the city and river. The viewing points are normally the election spaces to access these views. And in this scenario by appropriation, the plot develops the sound of the tram horns, the bells of churches, coffee talks and the beat of the rain hiting the sidewalks. This is the soundtrack of our lives.
As a provocation, this installation is evidenced by the attempt of dematerialization of the object through the mirrored façade and the creation of a sensorial course interconnected by the sounds of the city. In the end, a view of the city appears as an apogee of the installation. The suspended structure refers once again to the intention of a dematerialized object that invokes a relation with the bridge over the river. A conceptual bridge drives this project between hearing and seeing as a recall of the motto "bridges of view”.
Soundspeakers are placed inside the object to punctuate diferent spaces searching for an analogy to the scattered sounds in the city. These recorded sounds are directly related to the identifiable elements that the observer can see in the designated view. This effect works as a prelude to the people that walk until the end of the course, reaching the view.
As a common practice of colectivo Warehouse the installation final design is left open. This allows new inputs of the incoming external agents. A defined outset with several premises is created to optimize the collaborative work.
For Prelúdio we fixed the constraints of limits, materiality and a start and end point to culminate in a selected view of the city. The spatial definition is left open to be developed collectively in a later stage.
For the development of the project an experimental laboratory with students of architecture Lisbon universities would be created in order to encourage students to travel through our city, thinking and acting on it. The lab would be divided into four structuring actions: a collection of audio files with city sound records, a team for content production, a group focused in generating a participatory design becaming afterwards the construction team on site.
Prelúdio purpose is to be an interactive installation, promoting the participation of visitors, residents of Alcântara and the passing by people. This process congregates people to rediscover the city trough a sensorial experience.
Reflex(ã)o is an installation with a concept of setting Santo Amaro’s viewpoint in an inversion of role denying the expected view of the river. With this inversion, the observer and the chapel are converted into the viewpoint themselves becoming the new sight.
The Chapel is highlighted in this new plot. Positioned in the center of the square, its importance in this promontory, site and history is enriched.
As a meaningful symbol of Santo Amaro’s festivities, this art installation allows the reflection of the experiences and uses of the place during the event. This promotes the rediscovery of what normally exists as a cultural and strictly visual event, typical of a viewpoint.
This piece attempts for an alternative experience contrary to an expected view of the river.
By placing a semi-circular mirror surface that breaks the visual connection to the Tagus, the bridge is intended to emphasize conceptually the intention of reflexion produced by reflection.
This new limit creates a visual barrier, that doesn’t exclude any passage to the viewpoint site. Meanwhile, its position in space takes advantage of the different dimensions and levels of the south staircase. This intention still causes a visual engagement between the elements that compose the sightseeing of the square and its own reflection, shuffling the boundary between the real and reflected.
The object is intended to be ambidextrous, also functioning with the south side of Lisbon. This installation is provided with light elements hidden in its structure that light up in the evening using the night to draw attention for Santo Amaro Viewpoint.