Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Recreating emotions in Architecture, Sculpture and Poetry

Experience Emotions through Forms
Most people have some kind of experience of missing the moments, they cherished and valued. The remembrance of those moments brings various types of feelings few to mention- happy, sad, energetic, calm, and so on. Most people feel them and few of them capture them and express them through one or more mediums. Artists express through drawings, writings, making songs, dancing and many other ways. Also, some architects are capable to capture and express specific emotions through spaces by designing and constructing it.

The successful conveyance of these emotions in the forms influence the observers, viewers, listeners, readers at a deeper and richer level and helps them to experience the similar feelings and emotions. I am showing three examples of forms (Architecture, Sculpture and Poetry), which are successful to do the same; generating strong response for the users, viewers and readers.

1- Architecture
Tadao Ando's Church of Light-
Tadao Ando- Church of Light -- Credit- Left image - Wikipedia,   Architectural Model----Right image- Credit-Neela Shukla
Japanese Architect Tadao Ando, one of my favorite architects has designed this church in 1989, in Osaka, Japan.
This church has no statue or picture or any decoration. It is about nothingness, spirituality and this sun lights beaming from outside  illuminates the concrete space and elevates the audiance to higher plane without any distraction. Such a profound concept! That I consider perfect expression of idea and emotions in the architecture.  Even, the architectural study model for the project evokes that calm emotions through its simplicity and color.

2-Installation
Another example is of Installation in BMW museum in Munich, Germany and this sculpture is the real reflection of the BMW car and its mechanism and refinement, which ultimately expresses precision, smooth ride and a unique experience for the driver and viewer.  Kinetic sculpture created by artist Neil Thompson is on display in the Museum.

It uses 714 metal balls on incredibly thin (roughly 0.2mm) strings so that they are virtually invisible to the eye.  The balls move seemingly randomly at first but progressively take on some of BMW’s iconic vehicle shapes. I am also attaching video with music, which does the same task of generating the thrill and satisfaction.

Kinetic Sculpture installed in BMW Museum , image credit- BMW company



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9vBnScZx9E#t=14

3-Poetry
Last one is an example of  my feeble attempt to explain the emotions expressed in the words and arrangement of words and it is through poetry by famous Poet Rabindranath Tagore.
I think it starts with melancholy emotions in the first verse. And it brings you to happy, hopeful and upbeat emotions by the end of it.  Please try to read and recite loud.

Closed Path
I thought that my voyage had come to its end
at the last limit of my power,
that the path before me was closed,
that provisions were exhausted
and the time come to take shelter in a silent obscurity.
But I find that thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue,
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and where the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.