First attempts at recording clouds of breath in the cold, dry winter air. Thanks to Nic for taking the photos.
In this intensive workshop elective students will take part in the construction of an installation project at the Design Hub developed by Chris Cottrell (RMIT), Scott Andrew Elliott (Aalto University, Finland) and Olivia Pintos-Lopez (RMIT).The course will begin with an introduction to a series of experimental art–architecture spatial practices and ways in which the construction of environments can test and probe relationships between the body and architecture.
Students will participate with the building process in creating an experimental installation, sourcing found materials, learning and developing techniques of making, engaging in team work, experiencing the challenges of collaborative, open-ended exploratory process first-hand, developing techniques for careful and intensive documentation of a process, and learning about research through the practice of making.
This course focuses on developing critical design practice by constructing experimental spaces, particularly in getting to know the hands-on practical skills for realizing a medium/large-scale collaborative project, and how this process of construction and its documentation can become integral to a research enquiry.
This project explores the relationship between levity and gravity through very simple means. Philosophical readings on vagueness describe the Sorites paradox, or the problem of the heap, where vagueness is understood in relation to the process of removing grains of sand from a heap, and at some point the sand ceases to be heap and becomes just a collection of grains. Balancing the balloon so that it neither floats up or falls to the ground provides a means to be precise about the quantity of sand the balloon must carry.
Three quotes which have strong parallels in the way they state the relations between self and world. Text is printed across the chest, as a statement of identity, a slogan, an affirmation of the vital connection between the internal movements of the body and the external dynamics of the world.
I have been invited to take part in this live creative research performance, organised by the PPPPP Group. Over a one-hour period, a group of invited individuals will collaborate without speaking, but instead through direct exchange and interaction with various objects and materials brought into the space by the participants.
The setting is redolent of an open market bazaar or black market gambling setting, where there is a constant exploring of the terms of interaction, mediation, materials and exchange – but mediated through the materials at hand rather than spoken or written language.
The event takes place over several sessions on Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th at the Design Hub at RMIT.
I attended the Drawing Out conference Writing—Drawing, organised by RMIT University and University of the Arts, London; and hosted at the RMIT design hub. The conference addressed the relationship between writing and drawing through various ideas including discovery, translation and notation.
I met for an intense and stimulating conversation with Andrew Suttar, a self-proclaimed “bubbleologist,” which ranged across ideas of feedback systems, human development, economics, Frei Otto, Joseph Campbell, Adam Curtis and ended with him gifting me a bottle of the world’s best bubble-blowing mixture.
Sunlight, passive ventilation system, space blanket, magnets.
A lightweight blanket made of polyurethane film with a thin coating of aluminium is draped over the fresh air outlet of a passive ventilation system. As air flows into the space, the blanket rises and falls, picking up varying reflections from inside and outside the space, and making visible this commonplace but subtle phenomenon.
Breathing. Space. is a collection of projects that are being developed to investigate a series of inter-related ideas: air, breath, vitality, pressure, interiority, ambience and atmosphere. Over the next three months I will produce, install and perform a range of small interventions which explore these inter-relationships and the thresholds between them.
Thanks to Hsu Han for the photo.