an environment or material in which this project develops; a surrounding medium or structure.
Majeda Alhinai, William Virgil - Brash Collective.
'Matrix' The proposal ‘Matrix’ provides a playing field that acts as a space that promotes performance and play. Inspired by the game Tetris, Matrix is the space on which the Tetris game is played. ‘Tetriminos fall from the top of the Matrix, and then players turn and move them into their desired places at the bottom.’1 The domain consists of multiple structures arranged throughout the site at various scales. When not in use it exists as a sculptural landscape, picturesque amongst the meadows and trees. As visitors access the space, it becomes an interactive playscape for users to maneuver through and around the physical blocks. During performances, the blocks act as seating and gathering spaces. Performers are to use the stage onlooking the landscape as the colorful blocks become populated with people.
The proposal operates at the intersection of ‘architecture, sculpture, landscape, design, public art, and performance disciplines. In an attempt re-invent the idea of classical ‘performance space’, this project aims to create a performance even without performers. Alone, ’Matrix’ can be viewed as a constructivist dance, its parts wrapping around, fitting and misfitting into one another. However, once the audience involved it becomes subdued and integrated with the visitors.
In addition to the physical structure, ‘Matrix’ is integrated with an Augmented Reality app that will allow users to construct their own digital landscape utilizing the game Tetris.
The Tetris Blocks
The ‘tetris’ inspired volumes are sprawled out throughout the site take cues in terms of their layout, from the plan of the Ragdale house. Their multiple postures and points of contact with the ground allows users to engage in multiple ways: rest, sit, stand, lean, lay, crawl, climb, hide, seek shelter... etc
Made up of 1 cubic foot increments makes them easy and cheap to construct; also following the logic of the Tetris Matrix . The blocks only change lengths in 1 dimension, in order to elongate seating and build height. This makes them easy to stack and fit in with other pieces, in addition to being an important factor in the game. The blocks are designed for outdoor use and are treated to withstand the elements. The simple structure allows for cheaper building costs, while creating large-scale objects that are simple to transport and install.