Petr Stanický’s Planes of Perception calls for a reassessment of the human axial bodily experience of space in favour of a variation of other options, allowing visitors to perceive reality in a way in which we have forgotten to perceive it in the course of time.
The spatial network of site-specific installations within the West Wing of Somerset House works with distinctive window openings that in a regular way articulate the entire architectural structure, creating a dominant rhythm that permeates as the constant along the entire ground floor of the palace.
The visual intervention works with the interior on several levels. It works not only with the windows and their distinctive geometrical form (elevated hollow block topped with a volute) but also with the specific light vista, constructed in an almost theatrical way.
The object is, therefore, a transformation of the traditional vista from the interior to the outside and seeks to break away from this scheme by expanding the possibilities of perception by the viewer by regrouping space.
Designer: Petr Stanický
Supporters: University of Tomas Bata Zlin, Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Czech Centre London