Saturday, 14 March 2009

Jerry-built construction

Hi Suzy,
Here are a couple of drawings for the construction.
I think that two of the decisions we need to make are how ordered and grid-like we want the construction to be and how dense or open the 'grid' will be. I collaged with various materials but i imagine the colour could be quite different and perhaps less dominant in the actual construction.

We talked about having the supports and beams visible as though we are inside the construction. On one of the drawings i've sketched in some cube-like shelving with objects on them. We need to think about how far we take the idea of this being an interior and using objects to suggest that it is a home.

The people living in the improvised housing you saw at the edge of Paris must be living very precarious lives and struggling for survival. The make-shift housing shows resourcefulness and an inventive way of avoiding the prohibitive rents in Paris, but the living conditions must be dire. Apart from the lack of hygiene facilities there is the incessant noise of the peripherique. I get the impression that these 'illegal' dwellings could be built because they are erected in neglected areas. But the people are also forgotten and overlooked by the rest of the city. I feel that these realities should be part of the piece of work we make.

Much earlier in our blog we talked about our relationship with social issues and although we've not interacted directly with people and politics I think the stories and issues we've stumbled across have shaped parts of this project.

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