Disruption on the sixth front
Here I am walking down the street, and the floor is speaking to me, she is saying I’m stiff, I’m all leveled out, come on and walk around me, step on me safely, you can play on your phone while walking, you do not even have to look forward or sideways.
“Please do not look down the whole life” This graphic message, printed on a special walkway located outside a large shopping center in Xian City, China, is intended for the “head-buddies’ tribe.” When encountering tribe members, they can be seen smiling, watching videos or negotiating deals.
It is common to describe architectural with four facades and sections, in the last few decades, a roof added as the fifth front. In my presentation, I shall refer to the silent sixth front, which is self- evident – the floor. While the five facades vary according to their design, the Sixth Front mostly remains a unified format, as if sacrificing itself for the function.
Using the rigid horizons, stability, comfort, and mental tranquillity and enabling its users to draw their attention to other challenges in the physical space surrounding them.
There is a great rivalry for attention in the urban space, but as far as pedestrians are concerned their attention directed to virtual space, which is usually in their hands. Walking with a bent gaze virtually repels all the physical space around us.
Architecture is always a transformation of an idea, and as such, it can contain values and ideologies.
The installation creates a utopian circumstance in which architecture, helped by the sixth front, attempts to be challenging, behavior shaping and allowing contact
The fixture is a multi-layered “floor” work, and walking on it requires an attention renewal to the here and now, and to the physical that surrounds us.
The main picture is taken from Ha’aretz, an article dealing with the subject