A SITUATIONIST PROJECT ABOUT CREATING A DEVICE FOR READING THE ENVIRONMENT

The Situationist Drawing Device was developed as a desire to extend the capacity of the body to act in the world. It is an extension to our body, we wear it to use the equipment, we navigate through space to experience a new perception of the environment. In connecting various parts of the body, the device records a journey taken in an altered state of perception through drawing. A choreographic notation of vision and movement are interpreted from the markings on the drawing board. The device is designed and fabricated such that when it is used on site, the interaction between the human body and this specific site condition is heightened through the existence of the intermediary and interpretative tool. The device provided the initial reading of the site and was conceived as a concept model for the ideas that I developed for the Scrap Metal Refinery. The project emerged at the boundary, the point at which two conditions meet. Bordering, yet disconnected, a place for dwelling, learning and play exists alongside a place of industry amongst the discards of society. The site is located in Dunkirk, Nottingham. It is on the boarder between two communities, residential and industrial, separated by a rail bridge. Intrigued by the two different conditions, a threshold, under the rail bridge, I began experimenting through the development of a spatial device to dissolve the boundary conditions. Device Concept

As each eye retina receives different images, both conditions blur into one and simultaneously alternate – phasing in and out over the other. This blurring effect, as known as retinal rivalry, creates a new perception of the site. Device was initially adapted from Pseudoscope [Greek, false view] which is a binoucular instrument that reverses depth perception. The idea of reversing left and right eye vision was adapted to reverse forward and backward vision.

THE VEDIO OF THE PROCESS

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