For my box project, I also started with confusion. Since we’ve been talking about cube mappings during class and the lab on gum box. I wasn’t sure what the project is. Whether making cube mapping or making a huge box and tape over it. So I take some note on what other students in the course are doing. I realized just to make boxes and interfere with the space! So I talked to my friends advises for box project. They have all crazy ideas and we came up with the Jenga idea! The unique aspect of Jenga is that it is played all around the world. (at least China and America, haha) Since we have a great amount of international crowd, having a global box project is awesome! So I installed the box here: The result came out great. People play around with it. My friends were telling me how people interact with it while they are just hanging around in Heimbold. I am really happy with the outcome!
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.
Here are some photos of our hallway-livingroom intervention. It represents my idea of a new urbanism. Contemporary cities, though shaped by humans, are devoid of humanity. They are overly structured and lack individual engagement. They are built to maximize efficiency, not to inspire and allow for creativity. In my ideal notion of a new urbanism, spaces like this hallway would be open to creative reframing, like we have done here. As a result the sensory feed back we would get moving through the city would not be from advertising, but from individual creative input.
For my space intervention assignment I decided to fill a box with donuts and hide it somewhere in the main lobby of Heimbold. What inspired me to use donuts as my point of intervention for this box assignment was the inevitable reaction that donuts bring: happiness. I knew that this was the emotion I wanted my box project to inspire because it is the opposite emotion that I interpreted when analyzing the visual code of Heimbold a few weeks prior. When I walk through Heimbold, I always notice the unpleasant demeanor of my peers. The students in Heimbold tend to look forlorn, upset, and extremely preoccupied with the art they’re making. I wanted to try and reverse this negative environment and bring the people of Heimbold a little bit of happiness. What amazed me the most about this assignment was the immediate success of my box. Within seconds of hiding my box, I saw students flocking to the box to grab a donut. I was confident that dessert would stimulate a positive response, but I didn’t expect the response to be so immediate. Within 10 minutes, all of the donuts were gone and there was a crowd of students in the lobby of Heimbold smiling. I am extremely pleased with the success of my box assignment, and even more satisfied knowing that I managed to wipe the frowns off of cranky SLC students’ faces, if only for a few minutes.
My box project was funny. When I thought about what makes me happy, I said dressing up. I love clothes. I love everything about a dressing room littered with textiles. So I wanted to create a dressing room. On gimp – my idea to create a dressing room didn’t go as planned. It looked like an odd, pixelated, rotated room with bad lighting. So I dug a little bit deeper and pictured my ideal showcase of textiles. I decided to create an EXTREMELY simplified Turkish Bazaar. I love Bazaars because they appeal to one part of my personality, the more feminine, romantic, and ornate side of me. Heimbold’s sterility appeals to the other side of me. So today I dressed like my friend, Arlen/ Not because she is feminine (I really do look like an intergalactic 80s rapper…) But because she is shockingly ornate in every way. She is also an artist and I felt the need to get into character. I am way more sterile and simplified than Arlen. I appreciate minimalism. She rejects it completely. She dressed like me (think culturally appropriating witch) because the world she is doing is more technical (editing videos). So today, In Arlen’s clothes, I created a box. I took a white cube that I found in SoulCycle’s dumpster and built propellers to place on top of it. I took all of the tapestries and scarves in my house and cut off the bottom of each one – then I draped it on top of the wooden propellers so it alludes to a rotating textile rack. A rack coated in persian rugs and wraps and cloaks. Then I created a VERY simple color-coded collage and pasted it to the box. Each panel represents a different color I have red, blue, gold and black. Lastly, I installed it. I chose the elevator. I don’t know anyone who uses the elevator besides me (it’s my favorite room in Heimbold), but the box looks playful does an extreme job of juxtaposing the cold, chrome elevator. I wanted to add warmth and comfort through color, patterns and materials. Then I installed it in a contained atmosphere where it could be the center of attention, even though it sort of looks like it’s cowering in the corner. I felt sort of embarrassed in the elevator when two professors asked why it was in the way. Naturally, I denied affiliation.