Chapter I: Philosophy
Preface: Introducing ideas on time, so talking about linear time in the form of Bergson’s duration, and then Bachelard’s, as a series of instants. Explaining that the different definitions can lead to fundamentally different ways of perceiving the nature of change, and how this can follow through to architecture. Also explaining how the different philosophies on time affect how the portfolio should be read…. ie. trace = duration, paper = instant… duration marks the process of flow between each instant, each choice.
Instant 01: Bergson’s Durational Time: Splicing attempts across time, attempt to blur time periods.
Duration: Showing more attempts at splicing – eventually moving into Janet Cardiff, examining how the attempt at splicing characters and images across time (1999-2015) resulted in Bachelard’s theory of instants negating Bergson as the project progressed.
Instant 02: Bachelard’s Instants: Khipu Collage: Tying together of instants
Duration: Discussion of the joint between time as duration – Khipu – andean knot technology recorded time as instants – metaphorical link between events and images
Instant 03: Tying Instants together: The Tie Book
Duration: Playing with transparencies – Books of transparencies and transfers – page setups – show images talking about forensics in material degradation
Instant 03: Photographs of physical Books
Duration: Successes of each book, how the different transparencies can be used to represent time
Instant 04: Eraserhead – experiment in phenomenal and literal transparencies
Chapter II: Site
Instant 05: 68 Jay Street – Brief description
Duration: Why the site? Explaining the choice, using 3d models drawings and photographs and maps to express site features and in turn changes of over time to both material and function
Instant 06: Hung 3D acetate drawing showing changes over time with social and functional images (causation) layered up expressing ideas set out in duration
Duration: The idea of layering up instants in time…. Bachelard’s ideas about metaphors and destroying linear time by having images act simultaneously (as in metaphor)
Instant 07 : Strip pencil drawing showing a number of responses to the building acting simultaneously. Drawing is free, unconstrained, speculative. Expressing in a fantastical kind of way from which to spring off with in constructing the depository – Manifesto Drawing
Moving Forward from Tuesday/ bringing Bachelard’s ideas to life:
This is the beginning of a drawing (which is to be post processed) attempting to show how I can, in a fantastical kind of way, show how different methods of dealing with the past, the present, the future can be played out on the site: ie. demolition, stripping back of materials and structure, adaptation in fantastic ways (be it ordered top down planning or grassroots style building), each method representing an image or an idea. Demolition results in ruin, adaption accumulates material and drops it across the building, preservation and showcasing history strips back and eats into material.
Playing these ideas simultaneously effectively cuts linear time off, entering what Bachelard calls vertical time. If neither of any of the methods of resolving the issue of time on the site are sequential, none precede the other, then linear time doesnt flow as Bergson states, and we enter the present, the instant. The instant is just a number of images, ambivalences clouding on the cusp of the here and now which force the current state (or the individual) to restore itself, choosing from any number of actions in an affirming, natal moment.
This is much like the analogy of the improvisational artist, take Charlie Parker and his Bebop Jazz improv, or Jack Kerouac’s improvisational prose, the artist has a number of possibilities open to him which cloud in front of him. The artist merely chooses one of these images from a series simultaneously presented, and by choosing it, destroys all others in that instant, and compresses one into the linear, durational flow of time, the past. So, time is discontinuous, it fragments. Hopefully the building, or the depository, alluding to the buildings origins as a warehouse, can act as an instant, a series of ambivalences presented to the users.