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THE MELANCHOLY

Project of museography around the melancholic feeling

-1st year of Master's 2015-2016 -

What is melancholy? It is a morbid state, characterized by a physical and moral sorrow, a deep sadness.

- Source: Cntrl
3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
On the occasion of a request for museographic staging on melancholy, the subject was interpreted by its symbolism: a refocusing on oneself, followed by a progressive reconstruction.

CONCEPT OF THE PROJECT

To immerse the visitor in the various stages of melancholy feeling, the staged museography is divided into 5 spaces and reflects 4 phases specific to the lexicon of melancholy:

- A Destabilization that triggers the process of confinement on oneself.

- A Fall that symbolizes a loss of landmark and immersion in its own bubble

- Melancholy as a phase of sadness and depression.

- The Reconstruction that allows the individual to go out of his melancholic state and reconnect with others.

From an immaterial feeling to a scenographic experience

Destabilisation

Fall

Melancholy part 1

Melancholy part 2

Reconstruction

PLAN VIEW

DESTABILISATION

SPACE 1

The destabilization room serves as an entrance to start the visit of the museography. This white space presents no visual detail and does not reveal the limits of its architecture. The visitor finds himself immersed in a white case without history.

It is divided into two significant parts; in the first, waves propagate and destabilize the visitor who does not understand the sudden feeling that is put in place, while in the second part, an anechoic chamber plunges the visitor into silence, thus finding themselves physically and phonetically isolated.

This first part will guide visitors and separate them one by one for a solo tour. It can also symbolize the beginning of a melancholy by the confinement on oneself and the overwhelming feeling that is instituted.

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2

PLAN OF THE DESTABILIZATION ROOM

1
3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
DESTABILIZATION ROOM - 1ST PART
Wave projection zone
2
3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
DESTABILIZATION ROOM - 2ND PART
Anechoic zone

FALL

SPACE 2

This piece will immerse the visitor in a very dark atmosphere. It is a kind of a lift in which the loss of landmarks will be made by the descent of the lift and the projection of the work of Bill Viola "Ascension" on the four parmeshes. This work is a video projection of a person who plunges slowly into the water and sinks into the depths, thus accentuating the descent of the elevator and marking the physical and emotional fall. A reflective material will allow to observe the projection on all the facets of this small space and to be totally lost and immersed.

The space "Fall" also plays a role of link to transport the visitor from the floor to the basement to trigger the next step: melancholy.

PLAN OF THE ELEVATOR

3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
ENTRANCE ELEVATOR
"Fall" Zone

MELANCHOLY - 1ST PART

SPACE 3

The visitor arrives in the basement of the museum and finds himself in a neglected space; an atmosphere of a cellar in which one can see wooden crates placed on an earthy ground. Some of these are open, unveiling sculptures of Rodin that fall within the lexical field of the body. The three works exhibited have a closed body, echoing the melancholy, and are illuminated punctually by wanderers to further emphasize the lines of the body.

These boxes are also used as a projection support, on the back of which, the Rite of Spring by Pina Baush, or Marta Graham, are projected. These works of artistic ballet recall once again the lexical field of the body in motion, present through the statues of Rodin.

The purpose of this staging is to immerse the visitor in the depths of the museum and mostly in a space located in the basement, to accentuate this deep fall in his own sadness and melancholy.

PLAN SALLE DE DESTABILISATION

PLAN OF THE MELANCHOLY ROOM
1st Part
3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
RODIN SCULPTURES
Melancholy room
3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
VIDEO PROJECTION OF ARTISTIC BALLETS
le Sacre du printemps - Pina Baush
Marta Graham
​3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
​3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
THE THINKER
Auguste Rodin
EVE
Auguste Rodin
​3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
THE DANAIDE
Auguste Rodin
MODEL- Melancholy Space Part 1

MELANCHOLY - 2ND PART

SPACE 4

The visitor arrives in the basement of the museum and finds himself in a neglected space; an atmosphere of a cellar in which one can see wooden crates placed on an earthy ground. Some of these are open, unveiling sculptures of Rodin that fall within the lexical field of the body. The three works exhibited have a closed body, echoing the melancholy, and are illuminated punctually by wanderers to further emphasize the lines of the body.

These boxes are also used as a projection support, on the back of which, the Rite of Spring by Pina Baush, or Marta Graham, are projected. These works of artistic ballet recall once again the lexical field of the body in motion, present through the statues of Rodin

The purpose of this staging is to immerse the visitor in the depths of the museum and mostly in a space located in the basement, to accentuate this deep fall in his own sadness and melancholy.

PLAN OF THE MELANCHOLY ROOM
2nd Part
​3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
IN SILENCE
Chiharu  Shiota
MODEL- Melancholy Space Part 2

RECONSTRUCTION

SPACE 5

At the entrance of this space, roots are perceptible, seeming to float in the air.

It is a work of Shinji Turner that will unfold as the climb progresses. In front of this work is projected a video putting a scene of a reconstruction of elements in the state of death, of decomposition, which will be recomposed: the flower that is faded will become bud again. This metaphor emphasizes the idea of reconstruction in order to allow the visitor to detach himself from his immersion in the depths of the museum and to take the first step to return to the upper floor symbolizing the end of the melancholy feeling.

HANGING GARDEN
Shinji Turner Yamamoto
PLAN OF THE RECONSTRUCTION ROOM
Basement
PLAN OF THE RECONSTRUCTION ROOM
Ground Floor
​3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
ENTRANCE OF THE RECONSTRUCTION ROOM
Basement

A staircase will lead the visitor onto two platforms; the appearance of the bottom of the steps is dark, a bush-hammered concrete, with the struck, broken relief, echoing the depth of the basement.

The upper covering of the steps, in lacquered concrete, creates contrasts and invites the visitor to climb towards the top floor.

​3D Perspective Rendering - Jennifer Kache
RECONSTRUCTION ROOM
Start of the stairs

Through her works, Jane Long restores color and life to cracked black and white photos.
This grain of madness and fantasy invites the visitor to see an image adapted to a new context and accompanies it in its rise by creating a moral and physical detachment from melancholy towards an open mind.

MODEL- Reconstruction Room
DANCING WITH COSTICA
Montage Digital de Photos - Jane Long
RECONSTRUCTION ROOM
Ground Floor