Tag Archives: space

SpaceHiJack: Let’s Play Together

Remix the City Sketchbook211Remix the City Sketchbook210                       My box project focused primarily on the creation of an event. The event was up to the participants discretion. I simply provided the small and self referential gear in a specific location. People could wear, hit, stomp, or take any of the objects provided. However I saw that people either chose to play or do nothing at all. 4 weeks later the items are still in the location which I provided, in almost perfect condition. I wanted to make the objects and boxes uniform in their aesthetic, choosing to draw from the purchased objects the beaded pattern and colors of the flip-flops, to accentuate the uniformity and game aspect of the project. I think it was successful in the goals which I set forth.

Conference Project Post #2: Valuation Exercise

Proposed Space 1

Proposed Space 1

Current Center     Since starting my conference I have seen a need to shift towards a new idea. Originally, I was thinking about commodity and personal agency over one’s art, however I struggled to find a productive goal for the project which I had proposed. In my conference I want to address the need to question artistic intentions and thought processes; while also interrupt the flow of Heimbold in a propaganda based approach. My project is a pamphlet detailing a theoretical group, The Collective Interview Initiative (CII). I want to create a fictional landscape and narrative, in Heimbold, through both text and imagery, using a this fabricated institution as a means of  branding my ideas under a pseudo-legitimate front; with the intention of shaping the way in which people both perceive and value their artistic experiences and methods of production:

CII, sees the strength of conversation as only matched by an individuals ability to create in the physical realm. The pedagogy which is promoted by the collective, is meant to bridge the gap between conversations of: nature of physical creation, crossing over into creation of fictional realms, reality television, gender, politics, and economics.

The pamphlet will also detail the tasks and roles CII members will fill and how they relate to methods of thinking and producing which I have deemed as beneficial.

The goal of CII is to breakdown the commodification of communication and production through the individualisation of products and spaces and the autonomy of the producers.

I see this project as being highly related to Sassen’s reading of new urban conditions in ,”Making Public Interventions in Today’s Massive Cities”.  This project acts to critique weaponized urban spaces, by providing a retreat for thinking about new conditions in education and production. The project itself proposes a world where people can shape the space they live in on a small temporal scale, allowing one to transform the possibilities of producing, not only art, but also physical and spacial conditions, through both conversation and production:

The physical manifestation of the Initiative is reinvented on a bi-annual basis. So far our two iterations which have been created thus far are born out of the dreams of our archivists, who manifest a rendering, which is then produced during the last two months of the second year of habitation.

The unsettlements Sassen discusses, and the monumentalization, which has caused them in urban space, directly relates to the way in which I intend my project to question the spaces in which one thinks and produces. I intend for it to show how as individuals we should never allow for a space to remain stagnant in our thoughts or vacant of personal politicization. Space is inherently political and therefore requires revaluation on a regular basis, even on a small and personal scale.
The goal of this initiative is not to create stagnant movements but to remain in flux between the minutiae of craft and creation, and the complex and abstract nature of charged conversation.
Forming new topographies is a major focus of the project I am proposing. The ideas of digital networks and connections, is played out through the intense focus on the creation of real human interaction and the digital analysis upon which CII relies upon:

Conference Project Post #1: Do You Control Space?

For our (Grace and Mathilde) conference project, we want to make a sticker story, explaining what Remix The City is, and the notions of space. The notions of space as in how we interact with it and how it impacts our daily life even if we don’t always realize it. We want to focus on the subtleties of how space impacts our responses to society and our creativity. Our sticker story will wrap the main aspects and notions we have studied and realized in class. Our goal is to mess with people’s subconscious and force them to question all these subtleties that they dismiss because society, whether we realize it or not, forces us to dismiss them. We want to follow the style of the situationists in the sense that they create things that might seem like complete non-sense at first sight, but have a very in-depth and complex underlying meaning. Our sticker story will be installed around the first (main) floor of Heimbold, around the base of the walls. We want to make it not too big, but still demanding attention, so people are forced to pay attention to it, without it screaming at them either. As people follow our story, they will at certain points have the option to go one way or the other, and determine their own ending to the story. Our story revolves around what we have to say about space, but also a main contributor to the overall meaning of the work is how our audience perceives it and interacts with it. In that sense, our project is quite playable, but we are shaping how it is “played” with.

Comment: David Finklestein Improv Session

IMG_4150IMG_4182 IMG_4122 IMG_4098IMG_4141 IMG_4165 IMG_4171 IMG_4185   Today the class got a visit from performer/director David Finkelstein of the Lake Ivan Performance Group. We viewed David’s experimental film “Invincible City” — then  learned a bit about the techniques of using space, the picture plane, and an awareness of how these two views might come together in a performer’s mind to create small improvisational exercises about space. And we learned we are all amazing actors! Wow!    

Questions of Space

Are we extensions of our space? Could space be an individual’s mental and physical exchange with the environment? (Like a rhizome, or a Spinozian metabolic rhythm?) Can space take a form or is it free flowing and ambiguous? If not positive or negative, what is it? Is space linear? Is it geometric? Is it time? How many dimensions does space have? Is every space unique? How can space become universal? Can space be touched?