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Every person has a mental 'island' where they seek refuge at times. An intimate thought of the past, present or future, in most cases connected to a situation and a place that left a strong mark in the mind.
This intimate refuge can be assimilated to an island: it is difficult to reach by both the subject and an outsider, it implies a certain mental journey to reach it, it is mysterious, because as all places of the mind, it is in constant transformation.
Our instant-island project wants to be an instrument of 'urban mental architecture': the purpose is to bring mental islands to life instantly, to take the longings, fantasies and memories of people and to give them the chance to experience them. Instant-island envisages the use of an smartphone app or website, with the option to select all the objects that make up the 'fortunate island'. This data is processed and transformed into holographic images. The holograms are projected in a room where the user can enter and 'live' the product of his mind.
The room is conceived as a glass cube, 10 feet on a side, immersed in the center of a larger glass cube, 16 feet on a side. For allegorical reasons the space between the two cubes is filled with water which completely surrounds the internal island along the x, y and z axes to accentuate the sense of isolation. A single person can enter the inner cube through a narrow opening that represents the inaccessibility of the island. Once inside, the user will see his/her mental image come true by the means of hologram projections, and will experience a moment of intimacy, awe or happiness between dream and reality.
The installation is designed to be placed in public places such as squares, parks, galleries or museums to create a playful and dreamy space within the city's urban fabric.
Program: App and Installation
Client: LA+ (Landscape Architecture Plus), University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Key Team Members: Marco de Piaggi, Weronika Wawrzyniak, Federico Caputo