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< windbracing >
Architectural animation film
Collective work | 2018>2019
< windbracing > is an architectural project and animated short film tribute to “La Horde du Contrevent” (Windwalkers), a science fiction book by French author Alain Damasio. In a wind-swept world, a super-trained troop attempts each generation to walk upstream to the source of that permanent breath, hoping to find it a meaning. This philosophical epic is a magnificent praise to the link, and a superb thought on the relation to the constraint and the surpassing of oneself.
< windbracing > pays tribute to this story and these values, offering a sensory dive in a universe freely inspired by Damasios’. In text, sound, and image, he invites the viewer to question his eye on what seems to be a hostile environment at first glance, from the inhospitable to the osmosis, by way of a form of cohabitation.
< windbracing > stages a hamlet in the wind, a sort of petrification of the Horde, whose fixity or movement seems uncertain.
Its habitats form a diamond-shaped network, housing a nurturing heart and an agora. At the back, a wind organ produces for the downstream the story of an exchange with the movement, and, like a rudder, seems to direct the hamlet towards the origin of the wind. The network is unified by a protective crater and wall system, homage to the vineyards of the Geria in Lanzarote, whose windy volcanic slopes, desolate and beautiful, inspired the environment of < windbracing >.
It is a project sculpted by the aeraulic constraints, but also a work on the inclusion, the interdependence and the connection to the whole. The geometric figures combine to complement each other: the square is nestled in the circle and then folds into triangles to accompany the wind. A game of homothety then resonates the element and the whole, the habitat in the hamlet, and the hamlet in the infinite, story of cooperation and harmony essential to life.