André Castro Vasconcelos

Installations for Event

My creative process starts from a strong idea and develops it by solving the problems that arise in its materialization. This ideas have more to do with the choice of the materials with which I wish to build than to a specific shape I want to target. Those choices are not haphazard. On the practical side this materials must be cheap and with potential to be assembled, on the other hand they must be pertinent in terms of meaning.
There are five rules I used as premises for the design process:
1- Place every element within the logic of the general structure;
2- Work with everyday objects assembled without any change;
3- Look within the larger space and cultural context the work sets in;
4- Use the body to set the scale and the perception as the subject to conceive the surrounding space;
5- Considering the opposition between inside and outside mediated by a constructed skin.
By choosing new unconventional materials to build spaces, I am lead to embrace a new learning processes about how to build. By studying and testing their technical features I am repeating what happened to any conventional material used throughout the history of building.
Within the construction I follow two practical rules:
1- Using cheap recycled materials like: second hand clothes, water bottles… or basic construction elements like wood elements, ropes…
2- Using simple assembly methods, avoiding the use of specialized workers and the costs added to it. This assembly is made by linking buttons and holes, belt loop to belt loop… wood joints with screws or knots in ropes…

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“EM LINHAS ”
Manobras 2.0 (competition)
Miradouro das Virtudes, Porto,
28.09.2012 – 05.10.2012

DIMENSIONS:

10x10x5m (lxwxh)

MATERIALS:

Wires, ropes, chains, stay-on-tabs

COLLABORATORS:

António Ildefonso, Nuno Pereira, Rui Santos, Ever Solano, Raquel Meirinhos

PHOTO CREDITS:

André Vasconcelos, António Ildefonso, Ever Solano

TIME FOR PREPARATION:

2 months

TIME FOR ASSEMBLAGE IN SITE:

2 weeks

STATEMENT:

This event called for one main installation to set before the big stage and also to do the scenario for a street play were different elements illustrate different moments of the action. My ideas was to develop a construction method with which I would built the different locations. This method consisted of using lines and chains to give shape to staged references.

DESCRIPTION:

This installation consists on a 10x10m surface lifted by ropes 5m from the ground were the audience of a small stage will be located.

CONSTRUCTION:

Building a surface with chains and lines _ Lift above the ground _ Fill it with the remaining lines

“ESTENDAL DE 144 CAMISAS E 6 CALÇAS”
Manobras 1.0 (competition)
Miradouro da Vitória, Porto,
28.09.2011 – 02.10.2011

DIMENTIONS:

20x12,4x3,5m (lxwxh)

MATERIALS:

144 Shirts, 6 trousers, 10 Wood stakes, ropes, Screws, 1,5l water bottles

COLLABORATORS:

Nuno Pereira, António Ildefonso

PHOTO CREDITS:

António Ildefonso, André Vasconcelos, Tom Nelemans

TIME FOR PREPARATION:

3 months

TIME FOR ASSEMBLAGE IN SITE:

2 weeks

STATEMENT:

Within this competition I was asked to built a scenario for a cultural event with multiple happenings like performances, workshops and food gatherings. My idea was, inspired by the traditional collective areas for drying clothes on the other side of the river, “Estendais da Afurada” create a shadow area for all this to happen.

DESCRIPTION:

This installation was assembled in a public viewpoint as the scenario of a cultural weekend that lasted for 5 days. It consists in 144 shirts bottomed together and 6 trousers hanged on a structure made of wood similar to those public dryers.

CONSTRUCTIONS:

Building structure with stakes and ropes _ Assemblage in studio from 24 rings with 6 shirts each _ Assemblage of the rings with empty 1,5L water bottles and lashing of the sleeves in the periphery to the perimeter rope