Mahjong was one of the projects selected for the artistic competition Noite Branca – Braga 2016.
The White Night (Noite Branca) is a heavenly night event, where each person dressed in white resembling a star, represents a coordinate that constantly moves through the Space. This Space/City changes continuously as a radiant constellation due to the movement of its stars which are interconnected with each other.
According to the legend, for millennia (thousands of years) ago, in China, astrologers used to have an instrument to record and follow the movement of the celestial bodies and the progression of the sun and moon. Over the years, that instrument has become a traditional Chinese game, now known as Mahjong.
It is intended that this installation is an astral device, working as an instrument of connection between the celestial networks (the people) and Space (the city).
This construction acts as a contact mechanism between people and the city.
Mahjong is the game of citizens seeking to approach the city to the people and the people to them-selves.
The installation is made with a large number of white plastic boxes.
The overall volume has a solid, geometric shape from the outside, but its interior is drawn more organically to be freely appropriated by visitors.