Invisible Tales aimed to reframe the way we have learned to perceive our surroundings, in order to create space for truly exploring the potential of objects and spaces without preconceived cultural associations.

We mapped our site using three methods: blind mapping, sound mapping and three-dimensional tracing, using plaster to collect texture imprints.

Once our participants were accustomed to actively observing their environment, we introduced slalom poles as a foreign object in their personal space, which they were instructed to keep with them at all times. The red poles started out as simple, plastic sticks, but dressed with ritual and symbolism; we instructed our participants to treat the poles as an extension of their bodies. Over the course of the following week, we documented how they each turned their poles into toys, practical tools, companions, dancing partners, and finally into public installations.

Parallel to this workshop, each participant worked at a local business in order to exchange personal stories and build their own individual understandings of Villars-sur-Ollon.

Polessibilities Catalogue

“People imagine the storyteller as someone who has come from afar. But they enjoy no less listening to the man who has stayed at home, making an honest living, and who knows the local tales and traditions. If one wants to pictures these two groups through their archaic representatives, one is embodied in the resident tiller of the soil, and the other in the trading seaman. If peasants and semen were past masters of storytelling, the artisan class was its university. In it was combined the lore of the faraway places, such as a much-traveled man brings home, with the lore of the past, as it best reveals itself to natives of a place.”

Walter Benjamin

image credits: Alexandra Kononchenko, Ad Hoc Flock, Luize Eglite, Lorena Morales, Ariana Zilliacus