Posts Tagged ‘Public Art’
Full Title: Endless Ocean Endless Sky Set Design
Location: Portland, OR
Description: This project was commissioned by emerging choreographer Tahni Holt for her performance Endless Ocean Endless Sky. The set was designed in response to several design criteria relating to both the evocation of the choreographic aesthetic and the limits of financial and logistical constraints. From the very beginning of the design phase, we were interested in creating a minimal set that could be built and transported easily that was also able to create an evocative and mutable space for both the performers and audience. Relying heavily on the work of Ant Farm and their inflatable constructions in the 1970’s, a small 20′x40′ space was made using standard polyethylene. Additional seams and creases were welded into the plastic in order to avoid the typical balloon aesthetic of inflatables. Rather, there was a desire for the installation to be able to evoke both things that were simultaneously heavy and light (massive icebergs floating in the sea, 747’s flying through the sky, etc.). A generative algorithm was developed that would allow a fragmented pattern of creases to emerge on the surface without having to laboriously transcribe a predefined pattern on to the surface.
Credits: Andrew Kudless with help from Ronnie Parsons and Chris Walker.
Location: Kansai Region, Japan
Description: This project began as a documentary exploration of contemporary Japanese urban form, specifically the rapid life-cycle of buildings. The use of fabric screens during the construction or demolition of buildings was researched as a sign of numerous Japanese architectural, economic, and social conditions. Over a course of nine days, the three cities of Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka were documented for their quantity of these screens resulting in over 300 photographic sites. Through a series of smaller projects, issues involving the technology and logistics of the screens, their abstract aesthetic form, and their potential as public works of art were explored.