So basically i pretty much have a basic general idea for the brief.
The main aim of the project is to make Times Square as a beacon that indicates the emotional state of New York /Manhattan/US/World using collective emotive responses through real-time data or any trending events as the catalyst. These responses are then collected and will be represented through several emotive spaces. In order to obtain or collect the emotive responses, the content of the these spaces will evoke specific emotional responses. In other words, the emotive spaces have 2 purposes; to create and evoke specific emotional responses from the public and also as units that contribute to the overall response of the project.
Based on the above statement and after having some conversations with myself, I’ve listed a few questions and issues to solve the monotonous objective.
- How to represent or indicate the emotional response of the site?
- What exactly it will indicate or represent?
- is there any social contribution?
- is it just a loop of emotional change in NY?
- How can the project relates to current issues and events and indirectly be legit project through out time or in the future?
- What is the content of the emotive spaces if the project is responsive to current events and issues?
Rather than just being a single loop project, the project will divided into two themes that are based on the same context. First, having permanent and more general emotive responses, as stated in the first paragraph, and second having responses based on what’s trending in New York or worldwide. As to counter the theme of Museum of the Present, the project will both represent the symbolism of Times Square through its precedented history and characteristics, and the elements of the modern age that creates Times Square as it is now. The first section of the project will have emotive spaces that are permanent and are solely based on the Physical layer of T.S while the second part of the project will spaces that responds to current trending issues and events. by having these 2 parts, the emotional responses will not just be based on T.S.’s characteristics and history but also response and explore of today’s issue and event which makes the project relevant in the present and the future. Since the site has almost more than 500,000 people crossing each day, this project could be not just as a medium to provide information but also to engage with them.
As for the execution, like we’ve discussed last Tuesday, the project will exploit and use the element of light and colours to represent and symbolise the emotional response, since they are the most prominent layers of T.S. With hundreds of billboards in T.S. the project execution would be easily achieved. For next Tuesday’s tutorial session with the S.E. , I will explore more on the structure of LCD, Thermochromic-based architecture and the lighting effects in terms of emotion. (which a continuation of the exploration study)