This week blog is rather thin in content, and most of it relates to the brief I have been trying to develop. (Work in progress!! p.s my ideas are all over the place, much like my post!)
The brief is still underdeveloped, as I’m struggling to envisage what my collection will consist of, how will be preserved and how my ‘sites’ (voids) will become an architectural project.
The ‘museum’ will be discovered and explored as a ‘pilgrimage’, this will cover various sites( roofs / voids) across the LES, becoming a fragmented journey / museum. These voids aren’t defined yet. Im trying to identify worthy ‘voids’ in the area, that mean and represent something, they should tell or have a story! So there is a journey/ pilgrimage with meaning.
Some listed here:
I’m interested in developing a collection of ‘UNCOLLECTIBLES’. By uncollectible, I refer to the various elements discussed previously, such as the intangible collective memories, cultural identities, the views across the city , character of the lower rise buildings of the LES; and other more tangible objects that are part of the uncollectible, perhaps too big to archive, but deserve being preserved, like the many historic façades and buildings of the LES.
Bellow is some images of a Visitors Guide for the LES Vanishing Archives. I will hand this out when presenting the project, as it offers an overview of the project. When folded is the size of a postcard. (Its unfinished and there are missing images)
A Pilgrim has expectations, but the journey sometimes can reveal itself to be somewhat undermined to what one is led to expect through pictures, books and magazines prior to embarking on a journey. The modern day pilgrim can visit many places and go on journeys without even leaving the comfort of their home. Pilgrims also have different degrees of devotion and expectations, some may embark on a journey to self- discovery, redemption, or simply checking boxes of a wish list, most pilgrimages are characterized as – see the trophy and leave.The idea of the LES as an open air – city museum- to be experienced as pilgrimage posses questions to be answered as the brief develops and these rooftops become beacons on the landscape. It also makes me think on how the visitor will engage, challenge the building/ structures on the journey.
The idea of the LES as an open air – city museum- to be experienced as pilgrimage posses questions to be answered as the brief develops and these rooftops become beacons on the landscape. It also makes me think on how the visitor will engage, challenge the building/ structures on the journey.
- Does all of them know what to do with it/ how to react to it?
- Is the journey as significant as the destination?
- Who is the collection of ‘Uncollectables’ for? What does it reveal?
- What becomes the climax of the pilgrimage?
- How do you travel?
- When do you take the Pilgrimage, during the day, night or at twilight? Are the different experiences and rewards for different journeys?
- Do the pilgrims leave a mark or traces on the sites and journeys they take?
- How long do this journeys may take?
I started reading a book by William Helmreich – The New York nobody knows. In which he tells the story of his childhood; where his father would take him on journeys to the last stop of each subway line and they would explore the areas unknown to them, and this later in life have influenced him to walk over 6000 miles in NYC discovering each area in a different light. Here he makes an interesting point that for him to get to know that area, he should stop there long enough so that to get to know it and truly absorb the area and its surroundings.
The museum collection is never completed, as new memories are added to it, but how are they preserved? In one’s memory? If so, when these stories are retold will they be distorted as the time passes by and from oone person to another?
I seem to have lost track of my stairs and I’m unsure of how this ‘museum’ will physically manifest itself.
Lastly, Im not sure what we should be looking to present at the crits? I was looking to finish semester one items and have a brief for the crit?