Divine Madness serves to represent an ongoing exploration into what makes an environment cohesive while giving the impression of a narrative. Divine Madness, in reference to Plato’s Phaedrus, refers to passions of emotions that are indescribable to the individual. This project, in the same sense, embodies both the divine creativity and madness to question what gives life to a place. Therefore this project has taken the form of a medieval library asset package to not only represent a place of knowledge, in this case madness, but to allows for creativity to flourish. Currently this project is in the form of a completed library environment to showcase a possible environment from the asset package.
Objects within an environment, such has a library or classroom, have a sense of personality based on individual recognition of where they should be. However, an individual object is devoid of personality without other accompanying objects to inform its place in a perceived environment. Therefore it is not the singular item that gives a place or environment a sense of personality but the combination of items or objects. An example of this would be that a medieval staircase would not seem to be appropriate for a building that is founded upon principles of modernism. Therefore a cohesive environment relies upon similar structural elements, or assets in this case, that align with the perceiving individuals notions of what should be in the environment.
The backstory for this particular environment is based upon the pursuit of knowledge. Scholars and other individuals would come to this library to elevate the faculties of their mind. Upon reading and progressing through the various rooms of the library they would eventually realize that the world they know was entirely based upon their perception. Thus, the more knowledge they accumulated the closer they became to madness. However, the hunger for knowledge forces the studious individuals to remain within the library. Thus the mad scholars are trapped within a prison of their own desires.