GAME II: CORRELATES
During the 1880s, Giovanni Schiarapelli published the product of his observation of Mars´ geography. In his research, the Italian scientist proposed the existence of rectilinear depressions along the planet called “channels”. The presence of these grooves so fascinated Percival Lowell, a well-to-do North American astronomy enthusiast, that he himself carried out his own research trying to find the origin of those enigmatic forms. Lowell photographed the Martian surface and drew maps of the channels. Once its distribution analyzed, he concluded that these “channels” were complex architectural structures built by an intelligent civilization to transport water from polar regions to desert areas of the Martian equator.
Just like footprints in a rock, actions and words work as signals promising to reveal the identity of the person who produced them. Still, the narration created from these signs has always an uncertain relation with the original story.
In Correlates, a set of structures arises from the interpretation of the signs engraved on a paper surface.
1. Give a paper polygon to a person and propose him/her to freely create a figure from it.
2. Stay away during the construction process not to know the resulting structure.
3. When finished, he/she should undo the figure and return the paper. The marks produced by the folding and unfolding actions will be visible on the surface.
4. Using only the existing folds, shape the polygon trying to rebuild the original structure.
5. Repeat the process to collect different figures, one from each person.
6. Set a point of view for each figure and register it with a photograph.