Staircase- As a Silent Witness

In my initial drawing I wanted to frame and explore the accounts of time and events that occurred during the walk, into on single framed composition bringing together a series of temporal events in space.

Whilst further investigating the parallel events that took place, I started looking at the staircase of Whitechapel Library and the events that run into each other in my drawing, this further drawings intent to represent the temporal sequence of events adding my final composition.

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Im taking the stairs as an object and as a starting point for my 3 dimensional investigations, as they represent a metaphor for temporal and physical passage; it also represents movement as per Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase No.2, and also taking MC Escher’s Relativity as a precedent and exploring the relation between spaces, movement and events that pass through / run / lead into each other, suggesting the idea of “route” through time/events.

I would like to study the staircase as an “object”. On the sketches bellow im looking at the juxtaposition of events and time, the juxtaposition between space and structure, not only through materiality but also through its presence, its accounts of time and transitions. The shaping of spaces through opening in volumes and the juxtaposition between the reduced part and the volume itself ( the negative and positive).

I started with the sketches and then a first attempt to create a 3d representation of my initial idea below.

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Cris L.

One thought on “Staircase- As a Silent Witness

  1. Nice models and sketches! I like the contrast between the expanded space of the sketched staircase on the left and the collapsed or condensed staircase models. Maybe there could be a way for the model to be operable so its can expand and contract in the way that time does? The choice of the Whitechapel Gallery stair is interesting since that part of the walk is pure fiction now that the library doesn’t exist, and a lot of that time relies purely on imagination. The fact that the stair exists in this realm of imagination frees it from the limits of reality which allows you to introduce the impossible Penrose stair from Escher’s drawings – to develop this it would be interesting to study the geometry of this stair and try to make a model that somehow makes the impossible possible by allowing the stair to rearrange its order – this would then continue the theme from your drawing of the walk – to collapse time into a single frame, or in this case make multiple spatial possibilities exist simultaneously? Great start – keep going for Tuesday!

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