|Responsive, Site-Specific Installation by
Sasa Fabjan, Maja Ozvaldic, Miha Presker
The window as an architectural element has a long history of functions. Weather executed in glass, animal skins or paper its
origins as a screen can be traced back to ancient Rome or Japan. Applied as big display surfaces, the modern display window
made its breakthrough in Europe only in the 19th century by advancing glass production technology and became extremely instrumental
in endorsing the consumer society and accordingly influenced the design of the urban environment.
This was the point of departure for our cross-disciplinary, collaborative, site specific project. While interested in thresholds
and blurring boundaries, the threshold itself becomes our site. Working with the architectural boundary between the shop interior
and the street, the dichotomy between inside and outside, or relation between the object and spectator, this installation
seeks to consider those factors as interdependent parameters in order to produce a responsive experience. The design is therefore
focusing on producing a visual effect by connecting ready-mades or better use off the shelf technology. This design attention
comes close to Claude Levi Strauss’s notion of the Bricoleur, at which center is the idea of connecting heterogeneous things,
ready at hand. Yet what is not made obsolete, is a creative agent who links things together. Working with sensing technology,
urban flows, and kinetic effects, the threshold is turned into an active interface, which enables the inside to sense and
act on outside impulses. It promotes the current trend of interconnection of things in light of current advancements in digital
technologies, and their democratization, and connects distinct parts into one “dynamic” system.