past research group

Triangular Project Chile, 2015. 


TRIANGULAR is an international project initiated by Macarena Ruiz tagle (Chile), Florine Leoni (Switzerland) and Sandra Volny (Canada). The project was born from our shared concern for the perception of space and our desire to interweave our individual perspectives, from aural to visual and psychological perception therefore revealing a new collective artistic territory. 

Triangular’s first collaboration took shape in a residency in Chile at Casa Poli (meaning the house of plurality and multiplicity) located near Concepcion, where they were invited to share a studio for one month, to work and think together (April 3 to May 3, 2015). This residency was the opportunity to experiment collectively and shape this three-sided based project. Casa Poli’s exceptional location allowed the artists to explore, from each sensorial and perceptual angle, site-specific issues such as the phenomenological approach of the body’s relationship to landscapes, the impact of aural spaces on the individual, the interpersonal negotiation and contestation of territory, the exposing of hidden structures and influential forces of spatial entities.

Furthering the dialogue initiated at Casa Poli, the three artists were invited to hold public conferences about their work at Universidad Católica del Norte, Universidad de Chile in Santiago, and INACH, Institute for Scientific Investigation of the Chilean Antarctic Territory. The conferences aimed to share their current and past research, but also to question local spatial challenges.

Triangular also ran a workshop with architecture students at Universidad Católica del Norte, experimenting with spatial perception in the city, and exchanging with the local community in the city of Punta Arena at INACH to discuss questions like the spatial identity of the city.

Triangular project Chile is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Pro Helvetia, Arauco, Casa Poli, INACH, Instituto Antártico Chileno, Universitad de Concepcion, Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta, Universidad de Chile, Santiago.

Research team :

 Sandra Volny, Ph.D., based in Montréal, Canada. Artist, founder at Sound and Space Research.
Florine Leoni, based in Basel, Switzerland. Artist making films and video installation, teaching artist, photography as well as film commissions.
Macarena Ruiz-Tagle, living between Berlin, Germany and Santiago de Chile, Chile. Artist working with light as a sculptural material. 


The artistic practices of Florine Leoni (Switzerland), Macarena Ruiz-Tagle (Chile) and Sandra Volny (Canada) draw a TRIANGLE - a three-sided shape based on three kinds of perceptions: perception of psychological/mental space, perception of optical/perceptual space, and aural & spatial awareness.

Working in situ, their interests and actions intertwine with the local community's culture, history and geography. They approach the environment mainly through experimentation.

The process is as important as the final work of art for them. Collective work, side by side with invited participants, unfolds into a shared creation of knowledge.

Events schedule

MARCH 18th 2015 - 18hrs

Sala de Conferencias Angela Schweitzer, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta.

MARCH 30th 2015 - 18hrs

Edificio principal de la INACH, Instituto Antártico Chileno, Punta Arenas.

APRIL 1st 2015 - 15hrs

Sala Adolfo Couve, Departamento de Artes Visuales, Universidad de Chile, Santiago.

APRIL 10th 2015 - 12hrs

Departamento de Artes Plásticas, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción.

APRIL 25th 2015 - 14hrs

Evento Final Casapoli residencias de arte. Presentación proceso y obras a la comunidad, Coliumo, Tomé.


Poster for the announcement of the program. 
Triangular Project Chile, 2015.




Photos credits. Photo 1 : Oscar Concha. Photo 2 - 7 Triangular Project 2015. Casa Poli.

Photos credits. Photo 1 : Oscar Concha. Photo 2 - 7 Triangular Project 2015. Casa Poli.