Situationist Drawing Device by Ji Soo Han and Paul Ornsby
June 21, 2011
Site: The site is located within Dunkirk, Nottingham. It is on the boarder between two communities, residential and industrial estate, separated by a rail bridge. Intrigued by the two different conditions, a threshold, under the rail bridge, Ibegan experimenting through the development of a spatial device to dissolve the boundary conditions.
First Device: Device uses mirrors to reflect condition from front and back - industial and residential. As each eye retina receives different images, two conditions become combined and blurrs into one image. Both conditions simultaneously alternate - phasing in and our over the other. This blurring affect, as known as retinal rivalry, creates a new perception of the site. Device was initially adapted from Pseudoscope [Greek language - false view] which is a binoucular instrument that reverses depth perception. The isea of reversing left and right eye vision was developed to reverse forward and back view.
Device Development: Device was developed to incorporate bodily experience. The idea behind this is to navigate through newly perceived space. Device restricts our visual fields to manual movement controlled by the user's hands. The two side mirrors are rotated to extend our visual periphery, similar to the ways our eye move.
Final Device: Perception Drawing Machine
Final device is a drawing machine that records how we perceive. Device has been further developed as a desire to extend the capacity of the body to act in the world. It is an extension to our body, we wear it to use the equipment, we navigate through space to experience a new perception of the environment. Connected to various parts of our body it records our bodily movement as we navigate.
The Situationist Drawing Device was the second semester work in Year 5, from the end of January 2011 to mid May 2011. The theme of this studio was Architecture and Technology, led by James Alexander and Dr Jonathan Hale. The studio considered the various and inextricable links that exist between buildings and technology.
The theme Re-Thinking Architecture introduced current and historical themes in the philosophy of technology – in particular focusing on the relationship between architecture, technology and the body. The development of conceptual framework, through the design of a building and the procurement of a spatial device, the studio explored the contemporary relationships between architecture, technology and spatial situation, through the mediator of society.
The development of the 'Situationist Drawing Device' was the first part of the studio project where I worked with a student Paul Ornsby then led to the design of 'Scrap Metal Refinery' which was produced by myself. (With this drawing device Ji Soo Han developed a architecture project 'Scrap Metal Refinery', it is our next story, coming soon. - Archiable)
Project: Situationist Drawing Device
The project emerged at the boundary, the point at which two conditions meet.
Bordering, yet disconnected, a place for dwelling, learning and play exists alongside a place of industry amongst the discards of society.
Initially the first device aimed to alter our perception of the boundary through the simple notion of seeing forwards and backwards instantaneously, where two conditions on either sides of the boundary were combined and blurred. Expanding from the static point, it was developed for use along a route bisecting the borderline, incorporating a bodily experience as one navigates through the newly perceived space. The Situationist Drawing Device was developed as a desire to extend the capacity of the body to act in the world. It is an extension to our body, we wear it to use the equipment, we navigate through space to experience a new perception of the environment. In connecting various parts of the body, the device records a journey taken in an altered state of perception through drawing. A choreographic notation of vision and movement was then interpreted from the markings on the page.
Architecture student: Ji Soo Han, Paul Ornsby
University: University of Nottingham, UK
Professor: James Alexander and Dr. Jonathan Hale
Semester: 2. semester, year 5 (2011)
Category: experiment design
submitted on 2011.06.19
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