Onion Pinch at RISD

At the Rhode Island School of Design, a photographic series portraits the experience on how the dancers' bodies react to Onion Pinch's flexibility and oscillation, exploring the reciprocity between choreography and the installation's materiality.

 

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NY/Turin-based architect Caterina Tiazzoldi and NY/ Lisbon-based architect Eduardo Benamor Duarte have recently brought their Onion Pinch installation in the form of photographic documentation to the Museum of ArtRhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Initially imagined as series of oscillatory onion rings balanced by children's body pressure, Onion Pinch allows babies or small children to run, walk, climb, lay or rock to inhabit, transform and recognize their growth through the transformation of their own space. In 2010 the installation was the set for a dance performance by Arke Danza, and the photographic documentation shown at the RISD portraits the experience on how the dancers' bodies react to the installation's flexibility and oscillation, exploring the reciprocity between the choreography and the installation's materiality; between dancers' movement and the spatiality that blossom from cork's flexibility.

The Onion Pinch was originally conceived as a Babies and Adult Rest Station at the Cais do Sodré Lisbon Subway Station during the city's design biennial in 2010, and it subsequently to the Paris' Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine, and the MADE Expo in Milan.

On top and above: Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Onion Pinch with baroque choreography by Arke Danza, 2010

Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Onion Pinch with baroque choreography by Arke Danza, 2010

Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Onion Pinch at the Cais do Sodre metro station in Lisbo during Experimenta Design Biennal

Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Onion Pinch

Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Onion Pinch