Author Archives: Ioana Iliesiu

Museum To Site (aka part 3 aka problem child)

Before I begin, two title ideas (since it is obv. no longer forger faker fiction maker):

1. The Tale of the Fact That Became Artefact (I prefer this one)

2. The Tale of the Artefact That Became Site

Whole presentation as pdf: artefcat 3

And the rewritten part:

Underneath our very feet, for 20 or so meters, a new kind of geology has been forming – the geology of urban layers. The city of today is the rubble of tomorrow and the artefact of the day after tomorrow. The city exists on the ruins of its past.

(Walter Benjamin said that) the new can only be generated by the waste of the precedent, that the remainder is the generator of a nascent future.

The annihilation of the past is not necessarily destructive – it is the prophesy of a new, more relevant future. Without the ghost, the new cannot exist.

By floating the museum I dispose of the artefact, leaving a gaping hole in its place, the beginning of a tabula rasa. It is as if I uprooted the Caryatides but instead of filling in the narrative of the Erechteion with a decoy, I leave the Acropolis bare. The hole where the museum’s foundations stood has become a sterile gash, incapable of generating new futures since it is missing the remainder of the past.

If until now I have gone from site to museum, it is time to return the museum to the site. In a mirroring of the action previously described, that of ripping the artefacts from their site, the buildings of London are dismembered bit by bit.

First will go the museum, the originary collector, followed by an entire slew of listed, precious buildings that the city feverishly collects, as if in a large, open museum.

But these buildings, though dismantled, do not disappear. When taken apart, bit by bit, a ghostly artefact is unveiled, a trace of the building. This ghost plays the role of the decoy Caryatide on the Acropolis. It echoes the presence of the built space within the city’s narrative.

Remembering that only through waste can erupt the new, I embark on the last lag of my journey with the aim of creating a fertile ground, a site whose matter is the waste of the precedent.

The ghost artefacts, cast within my victim-buildings, will pass through a transformative process and ultimately be reduced to a fertile desert. I will focus on the British Museum to explain the mechanics of this metamorphosis – from artefact to site.

My architectural ghosts are almost metaphysical in their material quality.

The mass of the buildings is cast in a monolithic, ghost-like substance called heliogel. Its halo like nature sits in the gap between real and fictional. It is an improbable material sitting at the core of an absurd fiction and oddly, validating its reality through its presence.

Its monolithic structure is cast into the buildings, which become super scaled drying chambers.

The underground spaces store and transport helium, silica, water and other chemicals.

Piles of silica are hydrated by vapour, forming a gel. The air water pockets inside the gel are replaced by Helium. Thus the artefacts ghosts become self-floating.

They float above the city, a strange cloud formation of architecture past. Their airy structure filters the ligh and squeaks in the breeze.

Heliogel slowly absorbs the debree of the city, replacing its gases with solids. The weighed down ghosts crash in slow motion to the ground, the end of  an almost biological cycle.

After they have crashed, the ghosts are reduced to their basic component, silica, which covers the city in reflective dunes.

Saltation, separation and decanting processes are put in motion. The heavy remainders of the destroyed artefacts sink into the London clay, while light particles, such as the macerated ghost artefacts form the seamless canvas for new histories.

I have followed the artefact through three scales, each of them seemingly destructive.

I entombed the Carceri in the British Museum, I uprooted and disappeared the museum itself and I ultimately reduced the city to the white desert.

We have gone from site to museum only to return to  the site. But this site that we have returned to has nothing in common with the original site, it is entirely constructed from the matter of past precedents.

What might seem a tabula rasa is in fact the very opposite, a Tabula Plena. It is formed from the waste of an overspilling, layered history. From this white desert can erupt the new.

It is time to turn the model one last time. We arrive in the architect’s studio, my studio, the AA. The white desert, the canvas of the unbuilt, rests on its plinth, an entire world reduced to a display case.

At the begining of my presentation I asked: What is the real difference between a true Vermeer and what we believe to be a Vermeer?

I will refrase it: What is the difference between the reality of built architecture and the fiction of the unbuilt? Between artefact and fact?

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

lasercuts!

(testing out how it looks in its box form):

IMG_1047 IMG_1048IMG_1046Just finished laser cutting – this is not the actual configuration, just all my layers stacked (some of these layers are actually sides rather than horizontal planes). I can only assemble it once I pick up my 3d print tomorrow so that I seal the desert into the etched box, which I will present on the black plinth.

On the plinth I will laser cut on saturday the definition of the Tabula Plena.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

To lasercut tomorrow

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 22.40.07l

My 3d printed layer is well under way – will pick up friday. Tomorrow laser cutting…

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Model

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 03.12.59The model that I am making is a display case containing a miniature version of my Tabula Plena.

The profile of the City of London (chose the area since it has the most layers of history in london – roman etc) is to be a 200x200mm 3d printed tile whose gaps and cracks are partially filled in with 3d printer dust. Out of it erupt three unbuilt monuments – Friedrichstrasse, the Cenotaph and the blade Runner Pyramid (I wanted to choose from the list and they were the most monumental from the bunch and would probably look best printed at a small scale).

Fragments of today’s london float above – the gherkin, tower 42, st paul’s and the barbican.

Bits of ruin, primarily the submerged London Wall, exist underground.

The tile is suspended in a perspex box, whose walls are etched to show the movement of the particles and bits of ruin underground and the trajectories of the ghosts above ground.

The completed model is placed on a small plinth, becoming a display case which drives my conclusion.

3d printing tomorrow – to be picked up friday

lasercutting – thursday

putting together – weekend

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 00.41.31 Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 00.40.58

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Conclusion

It is time to turn the model one last time. We arrive in the architect’s studio, my studio. The white desert, the canvas of the unbuilt, rests on its plinth, an entire world reduced to a display case. 

At the begining of my presentation I asked: What is the real difference between a true Vermeer and what we believe to be a Vermeer? 

I will refrase it: What is the difference between the reality of built 

architecture and the fiction of the unbuilt? Between artefact and reality? 

Between two worlds, both behind glass? (point at encased model and window of the room)

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Off the market!

… job wise…

 

789

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Reworked presentation

presentation artefact 2

starting to get really tired of word world

drawing/model/not words day tomorrow

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Tabula Plena

presentation artefact

I really liked the diagram that Ari did and have structured my presentation accordingly:

site – museum

museum

museum – site

I’ll modify my table drawing that everyone always gets really confused by to work with this new structure.

I will end with the white desert, which I name the Tabula Plena.

Just a few key moments (mainly the intros and conclusions of the 3 parts):

Intro:

I use this model as a way to situate myself within the narrative. It is divided into four parts. We start and end in the architect’s studio – in fact a room in the AA. We travel through three worlds, versions of the original studio. 

The rooms function as communicating vessels, allowing the narrative to spill from one into the other. 

The narrative that we follow througout is that of the artefact, in various guises – historical, uprooted, forged. The artefact will describe a two part trajectory – from site to museum, and from museum back to site.

Site – Museum:

What is truly original, in a world of precedents, where everything can be described as “been there done, that?”. What is it that defines an artefact as original? If we look at the art world, as many as forty percent of what hangs in museums and galleries is said to be a forgery. The passing off of forgeries  as originals cannot be explained by economics alone. What is the real difference between a true Vermeer and what we believe to be a Vermeer? I believe the answer to be the narrative, the story. We want to believe in the authenticity of the narrative more than in the brush strokes in front of us. 

Forgeries, at least very succesful ones, are not reproductions, they are reimaginings of the original’s narrative and most importantly have the power to produce alternate histories.

(…)

I move my Carceri forgeries to the British Museum. 

By moving my alternate historical artefacts, the Carceri Plate, the lion skeleton  and an assortment of mutate pieces, I achieve two things. On the one hand, the uprooted artefacts weave a new narrative for the museum: the existence of the Carceri room ensures the reality of the Carceri in Rome. 

On the other hand, the forgeries are authenticated by being displayed in a museum, their status assured the moment they were placed on plinths.

Museum – Site

Walter Benjamin said that we experience history not when we are engaged in the dynamic process of change, but when we see the remainder, the waste of our culture being retaken by nature. A ghost is the generator of a nascent future. It is the annihilation of the past and the prophesy of a new, more relevant future. Without the ghost, the new cannot exist. 

 By lifting the museum I dispose of the artefact, leaving a gaping hole in its place, the beginning of a tabula rasa. This new site, essentially dehistorifeied and purged of precedent, is missing an essential element – the ghost of the precedent, the waste of architecture past that has within it the capability of generating new futures. 

(…)

I have followed the artefact through three scales, each of them seemingly destructive. I entombed the Carceri in the British Museum, I uprooted and disappeared the museum itself and I ultimately reduced the city to the white desert. We have gone from site to museum only to return to the site. But this site that we have returned to has nothing in common with the originl site, it is entirely constructed from the matter of past precedents.

What might seem a tabula rasa is in fact the very opposite, a Tabula Plena. It is formed from the waste of an overspilling, layered history. From this white desert can erupt the new. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Paper Landscape I&II

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 14.58.54

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 12.50.36

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 12.40.50

Used george’s studio background but will do my own after tables – couldn’t find any decent photos that I could photoshop into.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Shout out

So I’m photoshopping some stuff for my conclusion where the silica desert meets the sheet/table in the studio. I was wondering if you had any photos of the studio – I had some from when I took photos of my model but they are not great quality.

Feel free to send anything my way!

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Timeline of the Landscape for the Unbuilt

Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 22.50.37

A timeline plan of the landscape of the city – now, after the buildings have been dismantled to release the ghosts and finally covered in fine silica dust forming a canvas for a brave new world. Large staircases boar, like sinkholes, into the surface, leading to the inhabited layers underneath.

Obviously, I decided on finishing the part that I have pretty much down (fiction maker) instead of the new drawing for the conclusion, which I intend to fully dedicate myself to after the jury.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

View and/or new drawing (?)

Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 00.45.42

 

As well as working on presentation and view above, I’m considering working on either a new drawing to go with the conclusion or another view.

I conclude the presentation with:

The studio is reduced to the surface – the wall, the table, the screen – onto which the unbuilt is constructed. 

This surface is the repository of the projections of the precedent and the new.  The paper is like the white seamless emptiness of the silca desert. This seeming blankness is in fact composed from the very matter of the precedent. Just as brave new architecture and more relevant histories rise from the waste of the city,  the enormity of the unbuilt floats on the sheet of paper. 

I’m thinking of adding a new drawing that works with this idea – an unfolded paper version of the architect’s studio from the model, which can be folded into a built room. What I see behind the door when the drawing is lying flat becomes a screen in the folded room. The drawing / model plays with the idea of the studio being reduced to the piece of paper, as well as the paper being the place where the precedent and the fiction collapse and make possible the construction of the new.

I think that this drawing could be very interesting but am afraid that I won’t really have time to develop it and it might seem half hearted – maybe I should do one more view/film still instead and leave the folded drawing for after jury?

So the question is out there – new folded drawing or new view (showing the cycle of movement of silica fragments which results in a white, sheet like desert)?

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 23.42.34

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Presentation and a question

contact sheet presentation

 

I ‘ve been trying to really define each of the separate worlds – having their own language, key words etc.

If the forger (piranesi forgeries in files) and fiction maker (section strip and film screen shots) are pretty well defined, the one that I felt I needed to simplify a bit was the faker (balloon world). As such, I now have a fold out of the technicalities of lifting the gallons (instead of always referring to the ts book). The big comiled drawing is divided into four parts over which, while I present, I place four views. I think this will make the presentation a bit neater and less haphazard. The first diagram (the caryatides) is on the fold out cover.

My question is: colour or no colour (or different colours)? The colors are in line with the colour scheme I use for the rest of the chapter The big coloured circles are the layers of atmosphere/stratosphere/earth relating to the drawing in the upper right corner. Is it confusing with the big circles (I feel like I try to cram in too much stuff into a drawing so maybe simple is best?

Suggestions welcome!

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 19.28.56 Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 18.56.55

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 20.21.51

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

finished strip

section brit museumsorry for late post – was at the copies lectures

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 22.01.06

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Architecture happens between a shadow and a shadow

SLAB SHADOW ARCHITECTURE

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

film stills (new added here not in new post – for visual continuity)

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 16.34.01

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 13.33.10

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 14.41.42

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 16.04.37

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 16.08.47

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 12.56.04

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 15.48.11

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 16.32.28

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 16.32.47

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

finally gotten round to it..

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 16.47.57

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Cinematic heliogel

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 15.48.11

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Fiction Maker – a film

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 21.19.06 Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 22.36.39

Basically, in order to better distinguish the mediums of each of the worlds one from the other, I am working on developing a visual language for each. The world of the aerogel ghosts will be a series of views presented as if they were wide screen film screen grabs, subtitles and all.

All the view of this world are wide landscape shots to emphasise the horizontality of the geological strata. These views go together with the long strip section from the previous post which keeps the same page proportions but is vertical – i.e the movement of these layers vertically through time.

In other words, my horizontal views are snapshots at a moment in time, as if zoom ins at certain points in the vertical section strip. The strip itself is a timeline that contains all of the moments of the film stills.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

WIPping away

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 00.17.49 Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 00.17.28 Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 00.17.10

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

WIP STRIP

Print

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Thesis Conclusion Idea – Recorded Voice Sounds Weird

new presentation structue may 1st

After repeated rehearsals, recoiling at listening to recordings of myself and brainstorming sessions I have made a new version of the presentation.

I’ve also clarified my thesis (which forms the introduction in the pdf linked above):

My project, Forger Faker Fiction Maker, deals with the incipient moment of a new deign, a moment in tension between precedent and the new. The issue of architectural practice in relation to precedent and originality is has always been schismatic in the world of architecture. Reiterations, recycling, recontextualising, reinventing all means of producing the new. With this heavy history of copies, we wish to flee the “re”, discard and deny it, proclaim the death of the precedent and the yearning for the tabula rasa. 

From the practices of golden ratios, proportions, listing buildings, preserving skylines to those of ornament purging, tabula rasa, entropy and parametrics, all grapple with the nagging issue of precedent. Even the latter grapple with precedent by denying it and, paradoxically still, become precedent for miriads of bland copies. 

I have naturally gravitated around these issues during my passing through a unit system based on briefs that can be classified according to their views on precedent and originality. These issues have started to congeal into my thesis in a unit that confronts the figure of the architect head on. We literally start by re-coning the work of an architectural precedent and basing our own ideas on this somewhat randomly selected figure. My recon was Piranesi and his Carceri, an architect who never built yet constructed worlds out of his own re-coning of the ancient precedent.

The word count is slightly over 1400 but I will attempt to reduce it further to about 1200 to make way for a more complex conclusion, which is still a bit thin so far.

I’ve also been working on clearing up some of the more cluttered drawings so hopefully tomorrow they will be understandable more immediately (i.e. without me having to point out tiny hidden details).

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The composite city

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 19.13.49

The ghost annihilates the architectural precedent and marks the moment of a more relevant future. What is it that this new, more relevant future brings? Through the letting go of the past, of the cultural and aesthetic weight of the precedent, a radical, playful new city can emerge.

This new city is by no means a tabula rasa. On the contrary, it takes to new extremes the re-use, mis-use and dis-use of past buildings. Listed buildings float over the streets, lifted from the ground by their inflatable facsimiles. The empty ground can become a playground/dump for architecture. Some buildings are nuanced in glass while new layers of the city build around them. Some float in aerogel form on the Thames only to be recycled.

I am working on a series of drawings, the first one set in bedford square, which will collage the narratives of the forger, the faker and the fiction maker on an urban scale.

The streets are crater, like surrounded by new layers of the built. Sections of the city are ripped open to reveal infrastructure, foundations and ruins that are to be reused – building is as much about going down as it is about going up. The AA flats above bedford square, harnessed and strapped in. Bedford square has become a deep crevasses surrounded by new layers of the city. Within it, old architecture is sorted  and stored, an outdoor archive whose elements can be reused in the testing grounds of the empty foundations of floated buildings.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Charles Matton Reference

A couple of references of artist Charles Matton who does these very realistic model/dioramas that employ loads of illusions, false perspectives and stuff. Ideas for next iteration of model:

7c9b79c275e6d93fa3847db8c2a48a6b1103312885fbcab626141e36e7c95915 charles-matton 4279_lb1024x768-001 matton 2Joyce artwork_images_425932022_730505_charles-matton

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Model finishing up – looks a bit like stage set

IMG_0939 IMG_0941

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Cover Diagram

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 12.49.34

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Red Library

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 00.09.20

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Red Balloon

long ballon strip

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 20.13.15

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Newish

inverted space view copy

Format for presentation and subsequent book will be a thin a2 (more like a2 strips) as well as the long strips that I have.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

WIP…

 

 

 

 

image_1

image

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Model prep

As far as models go for next week, in addition to properly recasting the british museum in wax plaster and jelly, I am preparing a model of the studio.

The model has a simple structure – basically a room divided into four parts, functioning almost as a stage set. The set is divided into four equal corners of rooms that communicate one to the other through cracked doors.

Each room has a different floor / wall texture which reflects its inhabitant – the architect, the forger, the faker and the fiction maker.

In the architect’s studio, a long strip axo hangs from the ceiling – it will look a bit like some sort of random first floor front room (or similar).

The forger’s lair is a shabby faux 18th century italian room with a table on which rests a small carceri fake slab. The walls are cluttered with mad-men cuttings, photos, red string etc.

The faker’s room is a padded insane asylum-style room (because of the craziness of floating the museum with balloons). In it will be a mini british museum (about the size of a monopoly hotel). It hovers in midair, suspended above the table, hung from a helium filled balloon.

The fiction maker’s room is entirely made from glossy black marble (well marble texture printed on very glossy paper which will both reflect aerogel and enhance its blue colour). In it, suspended in midair over the table is the aerogel sample (hung from a helium balloon). On the table are bits of aerogel.

 

The dimensions are as follows: 27 cm height of rooms, 30 cm x 30 cm base.

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 20.38.22 Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 20.38.30 unnamed

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Ghostmasters

see what i did there?

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 20.13.08 Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 20.13.36

Tags: >
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off

ruins and ghosts

in.b.plans-01 Screen shot 2014-03-13 at 10.50.10 AM

Screen shot 2014-03-13 at 10.50.34 AM

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Contentedness is a neat package from ABC printers

image(3)

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

TS Structure Makers – they are a thing now…

intro:Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 18.47.59

chapter 1:Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 18.49.28

chapter 2:Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 18.47.39

chapter 3:Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 18.47.23

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 4 Comments

British Museum Eaten By Strange Machine!!! updated

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 11.54.14

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 11.54.09

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 11.54.17

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 11.54.06

 

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments

A Damp & Brittle Cloud

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 20.28.31

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Aerogel samples (aka. highly scientific and accurate)

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 19.39.50 Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 19.39.56

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

Posts Galore – Exploded Studio Finished

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 20.21.25

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Squeaky Cloud II

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 19.54.57

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Squeaky Cloud I

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 12.45.40

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Museum Has Risen!

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 20.46.04

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Feelin’ lucky – dezeen Piranesi talk

The Soane museum has an exhibition on Piranesi on and I’ve just won a ticket to the Casts, Copies & the Dissemination of Design Ideas ideas in May.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Nocturnal Aerogel Cloud (VERY WIP)

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 19.53.28

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

TS gap filling – updating as I go along

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 19.37.50Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 16.27.04Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 15.27.49 Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 15.27.46

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

More strip drawing – the studio

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 20.15.59

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 20.16.47

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

For the NSA or whoever: ALL DOCUMENTS BELOW ARE FAKE & FICTIONAL! (updated)

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 14.15.07Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 15.56.45Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 16.02.24 Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 21.58.12 Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 21.58.19

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 4 Comments

The Most Sublime Ghost

The_Sounds_of_Earth_-_GPN-2000-001976 The_Sounds_of_Earth_Record_Cover_-_GPN-2000-001978

The Voyager Golden Record

Etched on the gold disc, the ghost of humanity is floating through unreachable, undetectable space, way beyond the capacity of our satellites and calculations. On its surface, slightly beaten up and scratched by errant space debree, it carries the information of our past. It is the ultimate, most sublime artefact.

 

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

TS Book Restructured and Storyboarded

ts structure

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

TSish

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 17.32.32 Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 17.32.35Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 16.18.46 Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 16.19.38

 

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

The Ghost – Ultimate Symbol Of the New Anthropocentric Geology (Late night musings to escape weights and measures)

q_valleys_zipingpu_lg

Like in a previous post I’ll start off my musings that stand behind the Fiction Maker’s narrative with a reference image. The google earth screenshot shows the Zipingpu Dam in China, whose huge man made lake has caused the first man-made earthquake since it was built over one of the area’s fault lines.

It is an both an incredibly seductive and terrifying theory. We have reached a point in time when man’s impact on the very mass of the earth, its geology, has become so powerful that geology is now anthropocentric.

China, which seems to pop up very often, although I am avoiding its alien take on the copy aka the ghost, is the preface of what will become an anthropocentric earth. We are not merely A species but THE species. Like the enormity of the Chinese dam, our cities will shape the earth, their organic layering of history already becoming a new breed of urban geology.

My project embraces this – Nature as we know it (idillic pastoral depictions) is dead. We replace it with technology, which breeds new natures.

Our future cities will glow under the honeyed filter of squeaky clouds of aerogel, rivers will swell pink and the earth will shake with the enormity of the unbuildable.

115b055111459a1627d80341900b2be3 9b05c90bc7007a750f5495217453994d

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The Ghost And The Inertia Of The Real

Vn8oF

This graveyard of disuesed aircraft in the Mojave desert can be described as the underside of the dynamic processes of the world, the dead waste of the world today.

“We shouldn’t react to waste by trying to get rid of it (…) but accept that there are things out there that serve nothing, to break out of the eternal cycle of functioning.”

Slavoj Zizek

Walter Benjamin said that we experience history not when we are engaged in dynamic processes of change but when we see the rest, the waste of our culture being retaken by nature. At this point we get an intuition of what history means.

Maybe this accounts for the redemptive value of apocalyptic movies. When we see the remainders of our society, broken infrastructure, looted stores, disused factories, this inertia of the real, a mute presence. Gazing these ghosts is an authentic passive experience. Without this moment of passive inertia nothing new can emerge. Something new only emerges through the suspension of proper functioning of the object. The ghost, the artefact, through its suspended inertia, this stasis of dead rest, is the force that causes change (the new city can only be built on the dead city).

The ghost is suspended where the sacred and the obscene overlap – the obscenity the usefulness of the object engaged in reality and the sacredness of the display.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off

The Studio of the Forger, the Faker & the Fiction Maker

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 14.52.03

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 15.12.59

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Rethinking the narrative

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 18.15.55

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 18.06.58

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

TS pretty much as it stands…

There are plenty of things that I had taped on the to do wall but loads was not done to 100 % due to freak eye/throat virus but here goes.

Tomorrow is for planning next TS part pages and hopefully presentation.

Adobe Photoshop PDF

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

MEGA ts post (too lazy to make new post) aka in between naps and fever

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 23.40.44

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 21.42.29

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 21.13.44

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 20.09.31

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 19.45.33 Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 19.44.30 Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 19.44.33

some more random ts bits and pieces…Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 23.41.00

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 23.44.10

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 23.45.56

crashed in bed after doctor today, filled to the brim with antibiotics and eyedrops.

when i woke up i was a bit more active on the ts front:

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 01.16.30

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 01.51.24

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 01.42.45

Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 01.17.39

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 20.24.08

adding more as soon i make them look somewhat legible:

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 23.02.11

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Balloons over all kinds of places

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 00.38.12

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Lightbulb Moment

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 18.51.32

Adding balloons inside the british museum to reduce number of balloons needed above.

Alternatively a supersized vacuum sealer/hermetic sealer to trap helium in the empty museum space.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

TS spreads – will drop screenshots as I finish them

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 22.17.42 This one is dedicated to Cat:

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 22.15.15

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 23.20.57

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 20.46.01

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 01.20.57

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

My Love of Photoshopping X-rays

Aerogel effigies are expunged from the underground like shards of glass from the body:

Screen Shot 2014-02-08 at 17.32.15

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Worldwide balloon party!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 17.49.23

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 18.05.00

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The City Sweats Aerogel I

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 14.53.09 Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 14.46.02 Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 15.05.21 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Millions of Balloons

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 22.48.57  Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 22.49.52

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

TSing…

New ts spreads in no particular order

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 21.16.12 Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 16.14.36

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 16.14.27  Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 16.14.22

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

TS mode

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 23.33.31

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Some Photoshopping Thrown In The Mix aka Floating Domino

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 16.47.40

While doing my TS spreads on buoyancy and looking at the recreation of the flying house from “Up” done by National Geographic, I did this quick photoshop of a floating Domino House in Bedford Square. How cool would this be as an event in Bedford square?

The Domino would hover above for a while, anchored, maybe with people able to climb in and the big event is Releasing The Ghost! by cutting the ties and let it float away over London.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

TS Spreads On Buoyancy & “Up” House

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 16.49.47

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Is it a plane? Is it a bird?

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 01.32.55

After the discussion with Nacho, my first TS chapter is looking into buoyancy and how to make buildings float (not through excavated layers and density of geological strata, but simply by lifting them up into the air). The building of future strata is to come in later. This is a photoshop to end the chapter on buoyancy, weighing buildings, detaching foundations etc. Since I was a bit bored with TS spreads, I did this collage which turned out pretty fun.

Late night pensive mood:

While I was writing, I remembered a discussion that I had with Charles right at the beginning of last term when he kept mentioning weather balloons. It all goes back to the beginning doesn’t it?…. We weren’t even discussing floating stuff, it was all excavation related but somehow weather balloons became a topic.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

TS spreads reformatting and reorganising

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 01.34.04

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

TS spreads

Only got home now, sorry for the late post.

Here are my ts spreads so far:

Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 00.58.55

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Finished(ish) Material strip

blog strip

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Test Print

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 23.20.52

Test print tomorrow – will see if I need to go bigger or smaller.

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Material Strip WIP

Screen shot 2014-01-26 at 10.12.33 PM

Will this ever finish!!!??? I feel like i need to dig myself out with a wacom pen.

Tags:
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments

Finished Strip

no layers strip

Pretty much finished with the first strip drawing – am passing onto strip no. 2, a zoom in of the central bit of the strip with shading and material.

I’m ditching the folding for now – will simply have two strips.

Am planning to go pretty big print-wise – document size now is 460 x 1200. I’m keeping the same height for the rendered strip but the width will be smaller.

Should I print this big or scale it down a bit? Any suggestions?

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Still drawing…

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 01.42.02 Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 01.49.20 Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 01.42.28 Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 01.42.02

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Strip Drawing WIP

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 13.18.28

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 13.19.08

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 13.21.34

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

London Shaped Coin

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 21.49.47

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Drawing WIP

More progress on the drawing:

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 20.33.55

This drawing has the section of the british museum in the centre, a pivotal point between the ghost above and the geological/historical layers underneath.

I plan to have the drawing as very long, with the underground strip dealing with the materiality of the layers as seen above. When folded on itself, the colourful strip shows the archeological layers. I could potentially treat the materiality of the floaty ghost in the same manner.

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Release the Ghosts!

Screen shot 2014-01-23 at 7.07.40 PM

The city layer becomes part of the geological mass. Layers are permanently replaced, forming strata of concrete and areogel rubble on top of which new cities and new effigies are built. When a layer becomes obsolete, a layer is built over it . The present layer always appears to float on the aerogel remains of forgotten ghosts. The ghost are release, floating over the city when they are replaced. They disperse light and slowly gather atmospheric debree, which causes them to gain weight and crash in slow motion to the ground. This life cycle of concrete and stone and aerogel is permanent, slowly building up the geological layers underneath the city.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

WIP strip

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 17.18.05

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Reference books

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 21.36.23

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 22.48.02

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

strip drawing wip

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 19.04.05

Figuring out how to do the strip drawing but much time has been devoted to the grunt work of 3ding and drawing the british museum… I guess it will pay off to have it all documented later on. Still figuring out the strip itself though – reading on London geology and it makes for riveting literature.

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Possible treatment of anti-museum

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 18.03.58

While researching for TS, I stumbled upon these new materials, aerogels, of which possibly the most common is silica aerogel. These incredibly lightweight monolithic materials are translucent, have a very high degree of thermal resistance, are elastic and incredibly lightweight. At a molecular level, they are a network which scientists are perpetually modifying in order to make stronger. They are looking at steel structures such as the Eiffel tower or the Golden Gate bridge in order to give more structural strength to the now brittle material.

In this storyboard I have taken a recognisable London building and treated it in silica aerogel. The real Gherkin itself is buried with the building of new urban layers above it. Excavated, the gherkin becomes an artefact and it is replaced by a fake, an aerogel monolithic ghost. When yet another layer of the city is buried and fossilised, the aerogel ghost can be destroyed in celebration. The aerogel effigy is no longer anchored to the ground and floats away in the breeze.

Worlds-lightest-material-created images 6a00d8341c630a53ef0162fc89d28f970d

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Manifesto WIP

Hi everyone, after being stuck in a snow storm, have finally resurfaced. Exhausted but trying to gather my thoughts from over the holiday in a semblance of a logical manifesto. Look forward to seeing everyone very soon!

 

Forger, Faker, Fiction Maker

Today Google celebrates the 225th anniversary of the British Museum. In these 225 years the British Museum has slowly expanded from an almost domestic environment, Sir Sloane’s collection of curiosities, to the vast real-estate development that has reached the point that it contains a condensed version of the ancient world. Over the years, the original museum housed in Montague House, at the same pace with the increase Empire and later with the economic power of the UK, expanded by engulfing chunks of Bloomsbury.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As artefacts were displaced from their original sites, a factory-level production of archeological fakes began to replace them. In this replacement lies a paradox – if an original is to be experienced and a fake only to be viewed, then the original artefact (which has become a museum display) can only be viewed and thus looses its material quality of the original. At the same time, the fake artefact, by being placed within the original context becomes a fictional original. It is in this duality of the object, the fake and the original, that defines the architectural context around it.

cariatide MyLifeInRuins_Erechtheion

The museum, context of the original, transforms the artefact into a mere display, sanitises and conserves it, almost as if curators guard these architectonic seedlings from being pushed out by fakes, an End of the World library for the apocalypse of plastic facsimiles. Fakes, more than ever before, have become scorned upon.

1537902_10151855668585969_823094609_o

Greek fakes, for instance, were praised in ancient Rome because they retained the same manufacturing quality of originals. The speed, sheer mass and cheapness of today’s fakes is seen as a threat to originals which starts a race of uprooting artefacts from their original sites and fossilising them in museums. In a way, the freeing of the original site from the preciousness of the historical is the ultimate modernist fantasy, unleashing the architectural potential of the site – be it archeological fakes, kitsch fakes or something entirely new.

Cities grow vertically, demolishing the old, burring the old underground. The buildings of today become the rubble of tomorrow which becomes the artefact of the future. As the city grows, the artefact layer thickens. Archeological digs cut through the mass of this layer, removing and replacing certain artefacts. The museum grows as the city heightens and the digs deepen. The museum grows to the point that it becomes a city in itself, an fossilised urban landscape which can never be experienced beyond the detached gaze.

So what becomes of the exterior – the anti-museum, a context suddenly freed of its historical roots. I believe it  will never be entirely be devoid of the form of the original artefact, since the basic human emotion of nostalgia comes into place. People hate museums because they remind them of death, of tombs. People hate the new because it the new implies the loosing of the old. So the de-historyfied context gets filled with an odd, hybrid mutation of the old and the new, a sort of living, inhabitable anti-museum of nostalgia.

My project almost functions as a two sided coin. The internalised spaces of the city occupy the coin’s mass, the middle ground, a defined and limited space. All that is on its underside is the dig, the layers of original which become an underground museum, a sarcophagus of originals.

Giovanni_Paolo_Pannini_-_Gallery_of_Views_of_Modern_Rome_-_WGA16980-1

The flip side, the above, is the new city, the anti-museum, an odd mutation of new and fake old, a distorted image of the museum underneath. This might be a world where architecture as space becomes redundant or, better yet, reduced to a Google street view facade, a Potemkin. Its structures might be monolithic, super light-weight silica aerogel ghosts, anchored only by the mass of their original counterparts. When they are no longer needed, when a new layer is excavated, they are relaxed, their cloud-like monolithic structures floating away. It becomes a world where unbuilt is build able because it has been liberated from the original. It becomes a world that I want to explore, to build.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off