Liminal Walk, April 2005
documents and walkway section (fabricated steel) for installation
in East Mall Fountain, the University of Texas Campus
Landscapes are self-organizing systems. My work uses measurement to reveal
aspects of these internal logics within particular topographies. Current
work has been conceptual and documentary in nature but always creates
something physical that allows people to experience a shift in perception
about an aspect of the surrounding indoor or outdoor landscape.
Whether my projects are indoors or outdoors, my design work is in
inserting a method of measurement to draw attention to what already occurs,
often decay and renewal. I use measurement to point out these systems. Some
of the strategies I have used include making structures with ephemeral
materials (ice) to measure time and the transformation of form. In another
project I used a laser level to draw extremely detailed lines on the floor to
reveal a seemingly level floor as a complex un-level topography. Another
project brings the former hillside inside to show both the built and former
topography, allowing people to be in the plan and the section, as well as in
multiple places in time at once. I am interested in a mode of inquiry that
reveals conditions to people through experience, through direct experience
of artifact or phenomena.
My work asks and answers questions about the world around us.
These projects could be read as science projects or mapping projects. In
some projects the work is an object, in others it is an experience and in others still it
is the documentation of an observed situation.