“Architecture’s ultimate project is to sustain the originality of experience: it does so by catching its occupants in their own disorientation.” -Giles Prince from AA’s Discourse of Events
It is the question “Where am I?” and the sustaining of this question that drives the explorations for “Design in the Void”. The time based explorations are then developed with other media such as diagrams, drawings, sculptures/models and photography. It is a circular design process that is based on a making and remaking of the spaces. The project has become a network of forms and spaces that remains disconnected from the street. Its program is played out behind the scenes or with its back to the interiority of the city within a field of its own. They are formal and spatial interpretations in a mechanized yet performative manner.
This work has stemmed from explorations with time based media. These video works* are non-narrative and deal with simple variables of camera movements and the operational mechanisms within the camera; they are concerned with one’s perception in relation to these operations. The explorations are site specific experiments that have acted as catalysts for design proposals in vanishing post-industrial urban spaces along Toronto’s western rail corridor grouped under the title “Design in the Void”.
* Images are time lapsed stills of videos projected on models of these various sites.