March 4, 2017 by Liat
A project by SOPHIE SMITH, TUVA NERLAND, DANIELA KREMENOVA, REBECCA STRAND
Our project is based on the frustration that wheelchair users feel on a day to day basis. We aim to communicate this feeling through our maze ‘The Journey’. Firstly you enter the maze with no expectations, behind a glass door you see the desired route you have to take. However it closed and you ask yourself why? Then you continue to walk the open path, the long way round to push a button which then opens the door.
People should be confused as to why they had to walk such a long way just to press a button when it was right in front of their eyes. Secondly you enter a room that’s distorted and unproportionate. It’s an optical illusion created by colour and an uneven floor level. The illusion reflects the annoyance of uneven road surface that are simply unfit for wheelchair users. It’s unfair and it’s aim is to reflect the struggle and strength needed just to stay stable when walking. Thirdly you have to pass through hot sand, a difficult challenge when of foot, let alone in a wheelchair. Wheelchair users are unable to easily pass through sand, limiting their possibilities to travel to some of the most beautiful places around the world. We want people to experience the struggle, which not only represents uneven road surface again but also slight pain which many wheelchair users deal with but on a more extreme level.
Many people are in wheelchairs for a number of reason, a large percentage from muscular problems. Lastly the participants will enter the final stage of the maze, the realisation and reasoning. Within the last room TV screens will display a video explaining why they did what they did, and the explanations behind every stage. The TV screen will also be interactive and ask then some questions about how they felt while going through the three different zones e.g.. did you experience any feelings of frustration? did you question why you did the thing you did?