“That is to say, the garden is not a copy of nature, and not a miniature version of nature, but the abstraction of nature.” Isamu Noguchi
In times of radical change and climate catastrophes, the garden can function as a poetic medium and space for reflection. A space within but yet outside of the world, allowing us to critically analyse and process the complex connections of our increasingly chaotic and delicate world.
The Sineground project is rooted in the conception of the garden as a space for thought and play. A space for the expansion of the mind and a medium of education. The garden is developed with the ambition to create almost sacred environments that mediate this liminal space between humans and nature. The shapes, forms and rhythms inhibiting the garden invite for the stimulation of our consciousness. By engaging us with unexpected wonders and hidden messages, the experience of the garden can enable us to feel and listen to the subtle vibrations that we call life. Vibrations defined and created through precise systems of placement, in which the relation of one structure to another is carefully ordered and obscured.
The Sineground project is interactive by nature. It highlights the value of empowering the public realm through poetic sculptures that provide everyday people with a spark of joy or a grain of salt. Allowing someone to enter an intentionally curated landscape, can be a powerful way to communicate ideas and values in an unordinary manner. A highly sensory manner that is speculative and immersive by design.
Sineground is culturally and contextually embossed within the structure of the Gleisdreck park. It comprises of single modules, which both work in solitude and in concert with each other. The created symphony is based on the idea of building emotional connections to statistics and graphs. Due to their abstract and rational nature, we often lose a sense of connection to mathematically restated pieces of information. Sineground aims to change this by enabling people to experience the underlying meaning of their form in a highly immersive and sensory way.
Thereby, we hope to bring a sense of empathy and warmth to a field usually dominated by efficiency and coldness.
Sineground Single Modules
Humans evolved with plants and other species in a process of collaborative evolution. Through science and technology, we are able to manipulate and alter nature. The question is how we manipulate and which values we design into the technologies that increasingly mediate the organism, creatures, and ecosystems around us? How can we design love and empathy into our governing technological systems? Are we changing nature merely to serve us? Or can we create an environment that benefits a multitude of species exponentially? The central question underlying all these questions is; Do we care enough?
For me, the garden can act as a speculative space that teaches us to care more. It could become a catalyst for opening new questions, relationships, sensations, and discussions, creating a dialogue around the urgent ecological and economic questions of our time.
Touching on fields such as the principle of waves in statistics, the growth dilemma of capitalism, the transition from the Holocene to the Anthropocene ecological epoch, and the idea of creating a world of dynamic balances, Sineground paints a future yet to unfold. All of the above being both complex and abstract issues makes them hard to grasp in their totality. But sometimes it’s not only about understanding an issue but feeling its impact through a liveable experience and thus the more important to understand.
The garden’s purpose is to use shapes, materials, and forms as a means to break down and therefore encounter complex concepts in a poetic and democratic scenario.