Hello from Warsaw! (That’s what the title says)
I have been thinking about my project and how I can push the ideas that I have further; I have made a list of the things that I need to address:
- Life, death and eternity as material conditions. How will this be manifested?
- How should these be designed within the city?
- What is the critical position on the parade and Macy’s
- What does the parade mean in all of this?
I like the discussion I had with Danielle and Igea about the project and I do think some of the comments given are interesting. The project has already been highlighting capitalism to some degree but I think there is a lot more to Macy’s that I could bring forth in the project (I really need to work on compiling the evidences); I like the comment Igea made about America constantly trying to be young by self ingesting, and also the inquiry about America’s relationship with plastic objects. I think this could be the idea that ties everything back into one solid design argument; Macy’s as the immortality purveyor, the balloons as gifts to the city and the impending doom of New Yorks’ timely death with these accumulated plastic objects. The narrative seems to be unfolding even more within the existing premise of the project.
Maybe the shrines could highlight the wider narrative of the project (who is the shrine for, what people will learn in each shrine, how will the shrine perform etc) but still keep the spatial typology to its plastic roots (balloon systems, plastic encapsulation etc). These are some initial thoughts I had post crit. I will look into all these and bring up for discussion on Tuesday if there is any.
On another note, Elyssa and I visited the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and they are running an exhibition called Bread and Roses. This exhibition formulates a question about the way artists define their status and position in the realm of an ever-widening economic gap; the possibility to reconcile dreams of social justice with the need of artistic freedom and autonomy. This exhibition shows the tension between the symbolic and financial elites and those who are excluded from the so-called “establishment” – between those adjusted to capitalism and those who feel used and humiliated. Obviously this is done in the Polish context but it made me think about my project and the way I can address the same ideas. Here are some photos on the artworks that I thought were relevant to my project:
Till then x