one voice to unite them all? or multitudes?

Margarida, Doug, and Brent all brought up good points about my building conceptually and spatially. While my project is about social art and its ability to give people a voice, my presentation focused very heavily on the art when it should have really been about the voice. Brent brought up a good point about being inclusive and trying to listen to all voices even if I don’t agree with beliefs or political ideologies. I do believe there is a fine boundary between differences in opinion versus opinions that are rooted in oppressing others. It’s something that I should research more about. Doug had a similar train of thought about how I can create a space that seeks to create interactions and formations of “multitudeness”. I should be celebrating the individual and trying to lift their unique voices up as opposed to creating this singular unifying voice. Power comes from the many. Power comes from individuality. Rather than trying to create spaces based on programmatic types, I should try to create different spatial environments. These different environments would allow more flexibility in where people want to go and for more chance interactions between residents. For example, a grassy room that musicians and sculptures could hang out at because they wanted to sit on grass one day. It would also allow the spaces to be more adaptable to the different arts created. The building and sections that I had weren’t promoting what my project was about. Margarida pointed out that while I was trying to draw the public in to my building, I had drawn these large thick walls that were almost like a fortress against the city. I should be more deliberate in how I want to represent my building so that it follows my concept all the way throughout. I had this curved gesture of welcoming people into the building but it quickly ended as you moved through the building. In addition I should be more site specific on how the building should try to welcome the public.

 

Moving Forward these are the main topics I want to pursue:

  • Where do I draw the boundary between difference in opinions and opinions that oppress?
  • How can I create a “palette of interior spaces” that are purposeful and meaningful?
  • How can the curved gesture be continued throughout the building and influence the spaces within?
  • What are ways this building can be more site specific and inviting to the community?
  • Read: Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

I think moving forward I’m going to focus more on the now and present state of politics instead of projecting a sad dystopian future. There is plenty of source material that I can draw from that is happening right now.

 

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Marcel Duchamp was an artist in the Dada art movement that looked to subvert this idea of traditional art. The Dada movement was an anti-art art movement that criticized World War I and the state of art at the time. 

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Most social art at the time was born out a protest against war. Guernica by Pablo Picasso is probably one of the most famous anti-war paintings in modern history portray in the bombing of Guernica by German Nazi warplanes. 

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As social art evolved, it became a voice against the oppression and inequalities regarding gender, race, and class. Judy Chicago, one of the founders of the Feminist Art Movement, explored the woman’s position in culture and history. Pictured above is The Dinner Party, one of her most famous works, which is a large scale installation of 39 plate settings that represent 39 mythical and historical women. 

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The art of the AIDS Crisis Movement was perhaps one of the most influential and effective collections of social art. The artists throughout this movement created art that couldn’t be ignored and forced the LGBT presence upon the reluctant government. 

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1/32″ = 1′-0″ Model. Looking at it from Crane Cove Park.

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1/32″ = 1’0″ Section Model. Aerial view from the South.

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