This was a quick one-week exercise on the relationship between body and event in a space, specifically the boundary conditions of corporeality (fiat boundaries vs. bona fide).
We were each given a series of 19th century Muybridge images depicting an action, and after painstakingly tedious analysis (I had to take 144 plans and sections of the image, overlay them, and create a wireframe model), the assignment was to design a room for that specific activity using a verb of our choosing and either line, plane, or mass.
My action was ritual cleansing (aka woman in a tub pouring a bowl of water over her head). Using mass and erosion, I designed a room that was almost parodoxical — although it’s a space designed around the action, it’s almost as if the action has designed the space. The woman stands in a pool of water, scoops it up in her bowl, and pours it over her head, and over time, the process of erosion has carved out this space shaped to the movement of her body and the water. The model’s at 1”:2’ scale, 6”x6”, and made of layered 1/8” basswood. Other work from this year