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For my third transformation, I poked holes throughout the model and threaded floss between the points. Some connections go from the ceiling to the floor, others across the room, and still others are tied between two pieces of floss so that they aren't actually tied to a piece of the model.
I wanted to explore the idea of space and time as points of memory and remembrance that we weave together to form a complete picture. Each memory we have in our minds is linked to an infinite number of other memories which are linked to more infinite memories and so on. The bounds of memory within space and time are limitless, especially when considered as a whole - the memories of every individual that has ever been on earth - versus our own singular memories. The memories we have contribute to who we are as people, influencing every aspect of our lives: our actions, thoughts, emotions, feelings, relationships, etc. They form the spaces around us. Each piece of floss represents a single memory or emotion, which led to another remembrance or memory in the form of another piece of floss. Therefore, this has transformed the space into a type of snapshot of the inside of my mind; a roadmap of memory in time and space.
For my second transformation of the space, I chose to do a study of light and analyze how the obstruction of light or the entrance of light can alter a space. In order to do this, I used different types of materials to alter the light: slightly reflective freezer paper, paper towel, and matte tape. My purpose in using different materials as well as not completely obstructing all entrances into the space was to study the ways in which light is able to find a way in, despite its obstruction.
The obstruction of light completely altered the space. In order to get a more realistic look at what the inside of the space looked like with a ceiling and closed windows, I slid an iPhone into the openings within the space. The different types of materials made a huge difference in how the light entered the space. The freezer paper was the most translucent and allowed the most light in, albeit in a diffused way. The paper towel material allowed light in, but created a much dimmer light than the freezer paper. Lastly, the matte tape allowed very little amounts of light in, but created an interesting affect when pressed against the different types of paper. The inside of the scale model was completely transformed into a hazy, diffused space that had a magical feel to it - almost like a dream where hard edges are soften and right angles become bent.
For my first transformation of the space, I built and installed a zoetrope model showing the progression of a man walking. A zoetrope is one of the earliest forms of animation, which uses slightly altered images placed repeatedly after one another to deceive the eye into piecing together a moving image. The zoetrope in this space was constructed out of foam core, white paper, and tape. The viewer of the space creates the motion of the zoetrope by twirling a small rod constructed out of foam core and tape that protrudes from the bottom of the model. When held steady and peered at through the window, it produces the basic image of a man walking through the space.
I chose motion as the first way of transforming the space because it seemed the most obvious to me. The empty model I constructed was clean and precise, but it was also bare and empty which did not reflect the reality of the actual space. There is constant movement within that room, whether it is literally movement of people and objects or more subtle movement such as sound or changing light. The repetition created by the man walking, which is slightly disorienting, is representative of the constant cycle of movement that is often experienced within that particular space.