EXPERIMENT #3: The Landscape Project – Zoning in Multi-Perspectivity
Zoning by field research in multi-perspectivity (external agents acting as investigators)
In the suburbs of Kassel there is a territory that has been identified as carrying distinct traces of the zone. In normal language the territory is called “Dönche”. Formerly it has served as a military exercise ground. Nowadays it is considered a recreational park and is home to the fire service training school, an open space laboratory as well as to a couple of endangered species (not only birds).
The zonographic society maintains that a particular subsection of the Dönche shows a heightened concentration of zonospecificity. When trespassing this territory – even when following the trodden path – the zone can take hold of the mind of the observer/ agent. Giving into a specific subjective state the zone as given by the landscape mingles with the zone that is carried by each individual.
For the thorough investigation of this phenomenon the Zonographic Society has asked participants of a workshop to become undercover agents and report their findings from the zone to the Zonographic Society.
When traversing this specific territory there is a significant probability of hitting the zone where fiction, dream and reality merge and divide up again.
The outcome will depend on the subjective interaction between the agents and the zone.
Phase 1 (approximate duration 20min):
Zone tuning: Brief introduction to the Zonographic Society and the zone. Brief slide-show about the particular phenotype of the zone that has been identified in the territory in question. Briefing for Phase 2.
Phase 2 (approximate duration 3hrs):
Zoning: 12 agents individually or in small groups go into the zone. They are equipped with a map, a visual recording medium, a memory envelope containing 3 cue cards, report paper and pencil and something to eat. They will record whatever they deem worthwhile recording and in the end submit 12 images each – plus additional material if they wish to.
Phase 3 (approximate duration 1hr):
Mapping: Each agent makes a mental map of his/her encounter with the zone as filtered by his/her experience with the territory. However, the agents will be free to bring in their own experiences, imagery and means. They will also draw a mental map of boredom.
Phase 4 (approximate duration 5-10 min x 12):
Reporting: The agents will be interviewed using audio-visual recording. The identity of the agent will not be revealed. The interview will ask to describe the experiences made in the zone, the most recent occasion of encountering boredom, what is associated with boredom and how it relates to people, activities or locations. The set-up reminds of talking about something that is prohibited or secret.
Phase 5 (approximate duration 15min):
De-Zoning: Group photo
Analysis and synthesis of the data collected. The end representation could be a film (in space).