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ALPHABET - Concept
Dungeness, UK


Design team:

Tomaso Boano, Jonas Prišmontas





Alphabet  is a series of minimal landscapes. Is an installation which investigates the interplay between human intervention and natural landscape. This installation provides a minimal set of architectural axioms, namely: a structure, its absence, a strip of light. These three compositional elements interact together on a domain; the landscape.​



Alphabet aims to explore a flimsy blurred boundary between humans and nature, geometry and structure, natural and artificial light. Like mathematical functions and logic propositions, Alphabet's architectural axioms recreate a basic formal system in which infinite string variations can be assembled. 


Any compositional exercise needs some rules and a backup theory to refer to. This applies to music, graphics, architecture etc. Rules are the bones supporting a thinking frame that can be approved or rejected, but to which we have to relate. Alphabet assigns each axiom some grades of spatial movements and a set of compositional rules. Whilst compositional rules depend on design intentions and can be varied, spatial rules depend on natural forces such as gravity and physics and cannot be avoided.


In linguistics an "alphabet" is a standard set of symbols to which we assign meanings. The step that raises a graphic symbol into a semantic unit isn't immediate nor univocal. In fact, it depends on the human capacity to recognise patterns and give interpretations. This system is left open and unresolved, because this is how we think aesthetic systems should function. Each observer is left capable of giving his personal interpretation about the installation. Each compositional string is created in communion with the landscape setting where it takes place, where human feelings, geometry and nature blend together in an indefinite ode.

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