The Metaphysics of Interconnectedness
Architecture becomes the vehicle for the embodiment of Aboriginal metaphysics, of stepping outside representation by pursuing a spiritual knowledge within the material as presence of something greater than the self.
As opposed to Western perception of reality, which is grounded in representation, it is the intangibles which have primacy in the Aboriginal worldview. The material world is simultaneously spiritual, and that spirituality is manifested in the material. Access to spirit, to feeling and to meaning, however, is by way of the metaphorical qualities of the actual world.
"If the wind is a person, no place can be considered empty."
Ruth B. Phillips
The understanding of Aboriginal art as performance--as re-lived experience--informs the architectural process and methodology of evoking an awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings. In other words, the architecture incorporates the natural manifestations of non-ordinary reality--the hidden world. Both its life and visual metaphors are rendered tangible within an architecture that is experienced as a living being. The grid signifies the structure of this being and conveys the spatial awareness of interconnectedness with all beings at an alternate level of consciousness.
The project incorporates this manner of perception through the design of an embassy in Winnipeg, Canada for the Ojibwa aboriginal people of the Great Lakes region of North America.