Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Project 6: Screen Membrane Installation: Ambient Shade

a membrane; a thin pliable layer of tissue covering surface or separating or connecting regions, structures, etc.

There are several unique peculiarities accompanied by our site; the five panes of windows on the second floor, located on the street side of the Bayard Ewing Building.
The windows are in the context of a working environment, a studio space in constant use by students, therefore having a close relationship to human bodily engagement. Through investigations and observations, the horizontal characteristic of the windows led us to define our site as a ‘membrane’ which sits between the two contradicting conditions of inside and outside. The membrane allows light and view to permeate between the two conditions of great depth, and these are the aspects in which we worked respectively to create our screen.
Due to its specific orientation, the inside studio space during the majority of the day is lit by ambient light. Therefore, we have mapped the projected light qualities throughout the floor, and have reflected the quantifiable data on to the pattern of our screen. Our intention for such an approach was to interweave the horizontal ambient light quality and vertical spatial depth, cast by the membrane.
The screen serves to map the interior quality of light on the windows, acting to subtly shade the ambient light and yet still allowing the view from inside-out. It works at the same time to limit the access of view from outside-in and to set a boundary of privacy. The moment where our screen/membrane rests is where a great amount of contrast (in light) happens, therefore resulting in a flattening-effect of our screen. This very phenomenon is adapted to represent our idea in completing our project: to create a thin membrane that permeates light and view and reflects on the spatial depth and conditions of its designated situation.
Post by: Eun Joo Nicole Kim, Tiffany McGlone

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