Welcome to the conceptual laboratory of Diploma 9 – the world in which students invent, manufacture and design their identities alongside their architectures. Unit Staff: Natasha Sandmeier, Manolis Stavrakakis
I’ve been questioning the paradox in my project of the non-linear/ linearity of the narrative. I’m trying to rethink and focus on everything within the book as a circular loop.
-Circular space: I’m working on a pop up where the space unfolds in different directions, with a play of stairways, doors, mirrored rooms..etc..
-Circular story: The story as s circular narrative where the end brings you back to the beginning, every story could read to where it initially began.This brings me to think of introducing the theme of life and death in the story. In the poem of John Hedjuck “The sleep of Adam” the author personifies death, which got me thinking of increasing the awareness of the black hole within the story and maybe even personifying the hole which could therefore take a step beyond controlling the narrative , by actually being a character itself? The only thing that progresses within the story is time, the rest falls in a loop.The book shouldn’t have a front and back cover? It starts automatically with the story…The book can’t be shelved at the end of the story within a library, It needs to be constantly shelved and unshelved… If that makes any sense…
The book evolves into a hybrid medium,here is a nice Ted Talk on rethinking the interaction with books :
-Funny Palindromes (phrase which reads the same backward or forward):
Madam I’m Adam // Air an aria // No lemon, no melon // Are we not drawn onward to new era? // A Santa at Nasa // Ah, Satan sees Natasha! (sorry about that one )
I am currently trying out some architecture pop up tests:
Here are some great examples:
….more on the black hole:
”Black holes we believe are produced by the collapse of the core of a massive star something like 30 times the mass of the sun.When it comes at the end of it’s lifetime the massive star burns its core and comes a point where it can no longer hold itself, it creates a black hole and at the same time a supernova.
The supermassive black hole in our galaxy is nibbling on other cosmic matters, its inactive compared to other black holes, our galaxy has very little gas at its’s centre, so it doesn’t really have much to feed on. Its going on a starvation diet…”
As on observer , the way you get sucked in is quite strange, it’s not a quick process you are slowly dragged towards the hole until you reach the point know as the event horizon : The point of no return where you suddenly disappear and fade into nothingness.
The more you get closer to singularity, the more significant is the distant in gravitational pull. You body is stretched/ torn towards the singularly:
I am rewriting the script/performance, its a bit hard to understand it without the scenes, and booklets….
Yesterday’s test star map/ mind map:
I am creating my own stippling technique.This technique clearly shows the relationship of the small/large. Instead of the dots being the matter in the drawing they are the voids.The only matter or “texture” is the aquarelle wash merging all the black holes together.
Gillian Hopwood,of the influential Nigerian firm of architects Godwin and Hopwood recently donated her models and original drawings to the AA Archives that have not yet been documented. In her 4th year at the AA she designed a theatre.
Here are some images of the model I took earlier today:
The project also featured apparently in this magazine in 1949:
“A huge amount of the information we consume and transmit in our everyday lives is perilously ephemeral. Every second, thousands of new photographs are uploaded to social media. Most of the images we take today are uploaded straight from a digital camera or a phone, with the picture never actually existing as a physical artefact.
So how will future historians and biographers piece together our lives and times without bundles of diaries, paper letters and professional correspondence? Family photos and emails are important to us personally, but what about more significant losses of our collective heritage? How do we preserve our interaction on Facebook, Twitter, comment threads and citizen journalism across the web? And does the “grey literature” of official reports, briefings and policy statements that are only published online also risk being lost to the future?”
Documenting some of the white book within the book:
The OCLC (The Online Computer Library Center) is a non profit computer service and research organization whose systems help libraries locate, acquire, catalog, and lend library materials. I have been exchanging emails with the OCLC regarding their event held in Edinburgh: Is there a Library-Shaped Black hole in the web?
Here are two great books that I’ve been reading over the break, they might come in very handy for the development of the narrative.
Micromégas is a philosophical tale written by Voltaire in 1752.The story talks about ‘s travels an inhabitant of one of the planets that orbits Sirius. He travels around the Universe in a journey developing his intellect and spirit.
Another good book, that explains in a humours way the black hole phenomena.
To develop further, Inspired by Micromegas I am thinking about my story becoming a philosophical tale as a narrative genre. One of the striking thing of these books is the unperceivable scale and time that are used to explain the stories:” Micormegas world is 21.6 million times greater in circumference than theEarth“…”When he is almost 450 years old…” After a 200-year trial, he is banished from the court for a term of 800 years….” “He has 72 seances…” “The black hole is 17 billion times larger then the sun”….
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, the memory hole is a mechanism for removing embarrassing documents, previous crimes and inconvenient bungles. Old documents are revised, and the original copies are consigned to the memory hole where “not even the ash remains”. It is a mechanism for “smoothing over” the actions of leadership. It is a mechanism of censorship. It is about collective amnesia.
In Part One, Chapter Four, of 1984, the reader is first introduced to the memory hole. These holes are prevalent in the Ministry of Truth, where Winston works, and are used for destroying scraps of paper. These scraps, however, contain documents from the past and are transported via the memory hole to the “enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.”
The memory hole, then, is a symbol of the party’s control over information. As we see in Chapter Four, Winston destroys documents from the past, like the claim that the party would not reduce the chocolate ration, and replaces them with party-approved information. In the case of the chocolate ration, for instance, Winston creates a new document which states that a ration would “probably be necessary in April.” This not only boosts the prestige of the party but also makes it appear as though Big Brother has the interests of the people at heart.
In the wider context of the novel, the memory hole also represents the party’s ability to control the past. By destroying memories and installing new ones, the party moulds and shapes popular understanding of Oceania’s history. The problem with accepting the party’s version of history, however, is that people will come to accept anything that the party tells them.
Im pushing the narrative of the hole that is just not a hole but as a hyperlinking element and as a tool to destroy and create narratives I will explain more tomorrow.
“As our circle of knowledge Expands , so does the circumference of Darkness surrounding it” -Albert Einstein
The knowledge that we have can be analogous to a circle. Inside the circle is what we know and what we call knowledge; outside the circle is what we don’t know and need to explore.
Books by themselves are already tools that transport you to another universe.Books let you travel without moving your feet , the flip of the page within a book is what transports you from one place to another. My basic element is the page, the play and combination of pages create the stories.
After Friday’s tutorial I have been looking at the narrative within the book and the narrative the book sits in.
-Narrative within the book :I will start by zooming in the narratives within the book , where different forms of black holes will take you trough the scene jumps.
Book index// Story of a murder : Lisette protects her son: pages 6, 10,12 ,2 3, 2,20,19, 6, 3. Story of a simple day,pages 10, 31, 2, 6, 30, 10 , 8 Story on agriculture:pages 3,6,8,4,22,25,16 Story on oblivion:pages 24,28,3,1,5,17,12,18,19,22 ………
-Narrative where the book sits in (narrative of the project): The book is a manual of communication its purpose is to combine different number of pages to create infinite stories .The book becomes a library of knowledge. The more we learn the more we realise we don’t know. The way you operate it generates the combinations to transmit information/stories.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” -Jorges Louis Borges
Another thing I have been thinking about are ways of increasing the performance and my interaction as well as the audience’s interaction with the book. I will push this with these three ways:
-Smell:In order to find the path within the book, smell can be an added element.The hole smells and triggers memory, that will remind the user (me) to jump to a specific page.
Within the scenes: fragments scenes, and fragments of pages that can be added to the book and change the stories discourse.
Added objects: How can add an object that could effect the page? Perhaps by adding the smallest element with the heaviest mass, (black hole effect) check out this video:
Sequence of multiple frames to add the notion of time, here is a great Manga reference mentioned by Maxime:
The book is becoming an object that grows endlessly, in which I construct the scene jumps and the narrative connections. I am still working on some new scenes where the hole interacts with the image itself. If it’s not a black hole then what is it?
It actually is one
space odyssey monolith scene
I went on a treasure hunt and for a chat with Ed bottoms in the archives this morning. I am currently trying to collect some AA archived drawings to insert them within the narrative of my book. Before the restauration of the library they found lots of hidden documents. The AA storage area is a black hole,where sometimes instead of documenting the knowledge its lost.
I’ve been exploring more relationships of the scenes with the object. The hole interacts with the characters and is part of the story.
What if the hole disappears and becomes something you can’t see?where you feel the attraction without seeing the object? where you could only identify it by things pulled around it…. I’ve been looking at the magnetic pull, here are some beautiful images of the magnetic field.
I have also been polishing the jury book …More to come tomorrow!
After Tuesday’s jury, I have been thinking about the connection of the hyper object with the existing story scenes/ narrative.
I have been reading more about the notions of a hyper objects. Here is what I found as a possible explanation for my hyperoject/hole :
It is an element that travels through space and time, It decontextulises the image or scene it is “Something that can be in more than one place at once” as the filmmaker Gabriel Shalom defines. It is too massive and long-“lived” for our minds to comprehend.The holes used in the scenes add ambiguity to the image but in the same time they are gateways, links to other scenes.
This is a great reference mentioned in the jury about the led Zepplin Object used for the “Presence” album:
Moving forward, I am going to stick with “the holes” as the singular element of transport. Instead of it taking you through random scenes I am now working on a more elaborate narrative that could incorporate time transporting you from past to future. Perhaps an element of memory trigger..
Following my interests on the black hole, I am looking at how to visualise it’s magic like qualities and the sudden disappearance of information that reappear somewhere else and linking it to my own universe.
Table of content:
-The cosmic explosion.
-The shift from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
-Tipping point: how infinite small things create a big impact.
2-Total disorder: Chaos.
-The definable versus the indefinable, things we understand versus things we can’t comprehend.
-Epidemics and viruses.
-Space and time jumping, balancing the small and the gigantic.(the great equation)
-Ideas are alive they do have a conscious; they travel and move from soul to soul.
-Perceiving the shooting thoughts that enter my mind.
-Forgetting is water, its what we forget that defines us.
5- Sucked in/Rebirth:
-From the outside you cant tell what is inside a black hole.You can throw pens, diamond rings, or even your worst enemies in the black hole, and all the black hole will remember is its quantum mass.
-If you fall towards a black hole feet first, gravity will pull harder on your feet than your head, because they are nearer to the black hole. The result is you will be stretched out long ways and squashed sideways.
-You have disappeared; there is no way back, a loophole in which you are dragged in that brings you back to the beginning of the book.
I will try to examine the relationship between the small and the large, the explicable versus the inexplicable such as things we see versus things we can’t understand. Ideas that pop in and out and that disappear.I will attempt to explain these ideas in this book linking it to the black hole and its unexpected qualities. The black hole is therefore the apparatus of the book and the tool to explain the ideas.
After Friday’s tutorial I started looking at origami folding paper models representing the process of ideas appearing and disappearing/fold and unfold:
more experiments to come!
Construction of my own archive:
Ideas, travel , jump, pop in your head to sometimes stay and be regenerated or to disappear, like black holes entering your universe. Every day information adds to your own knowledge, information that didn’t exist before.Can the black hole be the apparatus of the mind of an architect?Imagine if you can perceive the shooting thoughts that enter your mind and understand their impact and speed?
I am currently working on a movie that could represent that…
More finds on the black hole:
-An event horizon in a balk hole is defined as “the point of no return”. This idea was updated recently but the Hawking team saying that there could be a release of information when the black hole evaporates.
“Black holes theoretically suck in everything around them, including light, causing information to be lost, forever. But back in the 70’s Hawking and colleagues discovered that some information escapes…but the information that escapes is not enough to describe everything that was eaten by a given black hole, so, the question remains, what happens to the rest of the information when the black hole dies?”
Artist Satoshi Tomizu sculpts small glass spheres, photographed here in a macro view. Planets made of opals, flecks of real gold, and trails of colored glass seem to spin and loop like twists in the Milky Way.