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Designers: Alicja Pytlewska, Hal Watts, & Ben Alun Jones of Royal College of Art & Imperial College London
Location: London, UK
Category: Interiors & Exhibitions
Award: Student Winner
Liminal Spaces is an installation that presents rich creativity, using technology in a very simple and economical form. When controlled by remote control systems, the installation varies in shape, creating different forms and an ever-changing landscape. As our jurors noted:
Liminal Spaces is a sensitive and light project, well resolved and of graceful sophistication which explores in a playful manner the interaction between people and the space that constantly transforms, changing our perception inside of it, and our relation with the surrounding. This changing landscape promotes interesting effects of lights and shadows. We believe that it deals with an experience, which motivates our present and our experiences, placing us in an environment where design, architecture and the imaginary accomplish complementary functions.
How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
Having arrived from the airport at 1am, Alicja found a very unexpected email in her inbox. After a few, middle of the night text messages with Ben and Hal, we celebrated with pints at a local pub—London style.
What's the latest news or development with your project?
We are working on pushing the installation in new directions, which includes adding more layers to the experience through new materials, colour and possibly sound. During the development stage of the project, we designed a sensing floor, which may also be included in the next incarnation of the piece. We are also working on a book summarising our findings.
What is one quick anecdote about your project?
During the build of the piece we knew the schedule of the night security guard in our workshop space down to the minute. It was helpful hiding from him so we could continue to work late into the night.