“Instead of being an object of privileged vision, the balloon was necessarily the visual property of everyone in the crowd. On the ground it was still, to some extent, an aristocratic spectacle; in the air it became democratic…The sense that they [the crowd] were witnessing a liberating event – an augury of a free-floating future – gave them a kind of temporary fellowship in the open air…These conditions ensured the success of a way of thinking that reflected an oversimplified alienation in the guise of a ‘critique of the consumer society’.” (Dessauce, 1999, pg.23/38)
I’ve begun to think a lot more on how I could design the museum within the city fabric and also how would it occupy space. Been reading up on The Inflatable Moment: Pneumatics and Protest in ’68 (https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=pGzZYJd4BmwC&pg=PT113&lpg=PT113&dq=The+inflatable+moment:+pneumatics+and+protest+in+%2768&source=bl&ots=LgqmAVvdJH&sig=1josLb5-NzDqcvyyzePLmrsFBVc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiN3diZ0ILLAhUG1XIKHa4CBXIQ6AEIKjAC#v=onepage&q&f=false), and in the book the writers discuss the means of occupying air and how does it challenge conventional thinking in architecture. It also ties in with the political student protests in Europe and the USA in 1968. I like how they described the inflatable structures as a way to avoid architecture or to be against it. There is a sense of defiance here that could tie back to my project on the eternal parade; resisting death. I began to think how I could inject my museum into the city and in a way defy the current city vitrine as the constraint for the architecture. I started to look at some examples of projects like :
Anish Kapoor’s project in Paris (http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663828/in-paris-anish-kapoor-unveils-giant-rubber-balls-you-can-walk-in).
And the Red Ball Project by Kurt Perschke (http://redballproject.com/).
I’ve been figuring out a way to redesign the shrine/death monument and am thinking of an initial programme to have the eternal parade as a pilgrimage through the established parade route (including points of preparation in New Jersey and the Inflation party in front of the Natural History Museum) that ends in Macy’s Herald Square as the Mecca of Consumerism. I was initially thinking, along the route, to have the shrines at every possible Macy’s outlet as a contradictory critique on consumerism but after researching, I found out that the Herald Square HQ is the only store on the island.
As for the model, I am experimenting with broken balloon and plastic pieces to create a structural form (http://seansaidplay.blogspot.co.uk/2007/08/how-to-make-giant-inflatable-walrus.html). During the crit in Week 1, Helen mentioned about creating a new form of structure from broken pieces of parade balloons and I think that is an interesting idea to push the project, however my model has not been successful so far. I am planning to construct pieces of inflatable chambers based on this 3D model that I did.
Another method of modelling I am looking at is to create pressed layers of broken balloon pieces together and to dissect them like Jorge’s research on subway paint layers. I am not quite sure what I want to achieve with the model but I am trying to play around to see what these processes could inform on the project.
Till then x