For this week’s looking outwards, I have chosen to report on Nova Jiang’s project Landscape Abbreviated. It is a kinematic maze constructed with modular planters with the capability of rotation which forms new paths and routes, while being a beautiful garden.
The parts of the maze is rotated and reconstructs is maze is controlled a computer program that obeys and follows certain mathematical algorithms. This makes the maze dynamic and ever changing, which encourages the audience to appreciate it from different angles and perspectives. I really appreciate that this project combines both natural and mechanical components. Nova Jiang holds a masters at UCLA. She seems to be currently an independent artist who creates projects that encourages the tactile and creative participation of the audience, resulting in structurally open systems in which joy, disorder and improvisation can thrive. Attached below is a link to the project.