Pause 16/02/25

So this post is meant to be about what I’m struggling with – which currently is time!

My next steps are currently planned as:

  • First person views of texting, smoking, and taking a photo
  • Drawing up the water fountain (with the traces of wear and sediment)
  • Carrying out tests on my second model
  • Another drawing of how long people stand in the station
  • Making a timetable
  • Investigating kinetic structures
  • Defining view points and levels within the concourse
  • Try to model an actual form

(This is a list extending beyond Tuesday…)

I like the chandelier at the Omnia Nightclub. Also decided it might be helpful to do a video of ‘animated stills’ at the end of my portfolio to really get across the atmospheric experience, but that’s not something I can tackle at the moment.

Suggestions on another way to draw up how long people stand in the station would be helpful. I’ve previously drawn up a romantic encounter, isolated pauses within a span of time (below), drawn pauses in the ‘heart beat’ style and detailed what each one was doing in text (below), and labelled how long people paused for. I’m not sure what level to take the drawing to this time?


Heart beat



To make my post a bit more interesting, how about something I haven’t shown before? This is one of the conceptual collages I did:

16-02-24 Trains in clouds black white

One thought on “Pause 16/02/25

  1. I like the conceptual collage and it made me think that it would be nice to think about how the local operations of your cloud within Grand Central could start to relate at another scale to the city. How do changes in the cloud affect the city or how does the city affect the cloud? In the same way that the life of the city is affected by delays in the train station think about the cloud being a similar system – which would help construct your timetable. Aren’t delays a more extended form of pause?
    Regarding the different types of pauses in the station, I like this drawing but the notation doesn’t tell me enough about the duration of the pause and their frequency. Do people stop every 2 seconds to check their phone and how many people are doing this simultaneously vs. people who sit on a bench for 10-15 minutes. It would be great to find a way to draw this so we understand the site of each pause (i.e. to make it spatial) as well as the duration and frequency relative to one another. Perhaps keep that drawing as it is and start a new comparative pause measurement catalog. It might help to look at the book Data Flow: (there are two volumes and Im sure the library at Brookes has them) which looks at infographics and how to visually represent data comparatively. I think understanding the types of pauses, their spatial location and frequency will help you figure out the different timescales of your cloud performances.
    Can you remind me why you need to draw the water fountain? Is it relevant to the cloud/ your intervention in Grand Central? I would focus on testing the model and documenting the results in the portfolio and this comparative drawing for Tuesday alongside the timetable or schedule for your cloud and how the types of performances are related to the city. Everything can be in progress but if you have them all underway you can maximise the feedback you receive. Keep going and looking forward to seeing what you develop!

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