Material Timeframe (development)


Expanding from my previous drawing with the consideration from the comments, I’ve documented more detailed information including the materials’ properties, supporting method and how the sound effects inform the history and the used of certain materials in a place etc at each street that was in Janet Cardiff’s recording. Additional research was done which focuses on below ground level, based on the recordings where Janet mentioned about the newspaper mentioning about dead body and underground breakdowns. Jay Carver has mentioned that more than 10 000 artefacts have been discovered during the 6 years tunneling through the London city centre.


To develop my sketch, as mentioned I would do a 3d sketch model of the materials following the Janet’s walk, giving more texture depth and include my interpretation on mimicking materials. Stacking in layers showing the strata of materials and also tearing off to show the degradation through time. As Julia King mentioned, each layers is a story/experience of a specific period of time.

Derived from the action of “stacking” and “layering”, I selected scaffolding as my object of research, looking into its stacking property and abstraction & erasure of components. As described by Brownell that scaffolding has this neutral property, it emerges at various time particularly at times where there are significant social change. In Janet Cardiff’s recording, she mentioned about construction carried on site and how the builders are the people shaping the city line, showing its dynamism behind this temporal structure. I will be studying models from both Richard Galpin (studying about abstraction & erasure) and Alois (stacking & layering) who did similar works studying time and space through grids.

An image of Alois Kronschlaeger's "Polychromatic Structures" installation at Cristin Tierney gallery in Chelsea.
“Polychromatic Structures” installation by Alois.


A sketch of layers of construction, from void, then excavation, to stacking and reorganising.


2 thoughts on “Material Timeframe (development)

  1. Interesting references to explore how to reveal the layers of the city – I really like the slumped fish example. Its great how the builders that Cardiff mentioned now emerge as the protagonist of your drawing. This is the viewing device of Galpin’s on the Highline: – as you start to use scaffolding as your object think about what it frames as you look towards the building it supports and out into the changing city. If you deviate from the traditional gridded scaffolding by introducing colours and perhaps panels, how does it start to become a device to reveal how the textures and spaces of the city are altered over time and change the appearance of the buildings it conceals?

  2. To think of scaffolding as something that creates abstraction and erasure is a strong position to begin this enquiry from. In your 3d investigations continue to think of how the scaffolding creates a grid that frames and distorts.

    You note how scaffolding emerges at times of change – and would usually be associated with creation and renewal – as generating something. As a standard set of components, quickly erected and seen all over the city, it could also appear to be self perpetuating. What could be the components of this modular system that is disrupting the landscape? Does something from your investigations into ground and below ground studies grow upwards and out across the city? Perhaps think about how the scaffold repeats or replicates as you progress your 3d study.

    These are just some thoughts, it sounds like you have some good references to be working with. For Tuesday it would be good if you could work on the 3d sketch model of the materials from the walk and also to start to explore the scaffolding grid in 3d. It will then be interesting to talk about both 3d investigations in terms of the their layering, distortion, and erasure.

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