Te Puna can be translated as well spring or source. It is a watery term, suggesting things that, while powerful (like a river carves the landscape) is also flexible. We see puna appearing in words like Tipuna ~ ancestors and Mokopuna ~ grandchildren. Te Puna is the past and leads to the future.
Puna is understood in this context as the wellspring of ideas and knowledge. Ideas don’t just come from nowhere but have their own whakapapa (lineage or genealogy) – from clients, from communities, from other designers and artists. In using and developing those ideas, we need to be aware of where they have come from, so we can contextualise, articulate through design and make in a conscious way.
The aim of this project is to engage in a shared exploration of the rituals that occur through dwelling, inviting you to gather, explore, manipulate and represent the performance of ritual as a means to consider and critique the ways in which people interact with their environments.
This intuitive and experimental work will provide cues as to the ways in which an abstract concept might be activated through the manipulation of objects, materials, space and experience. You will be introduced to conventions of representing your design process, to aid in the understanding of your project through drawing and modelling.
This project asks you to consider how we actually know and experience space, at an intimate 1:1 scale. In other words, how everyday existence ‘produces space’. It also asks us to interrogate the ‘origin’ of the design. Designers are conduits for ideas. Where do your ideas come from? What role do you play in shaping them further into creative work?
These three points are a framework to guide you through this process:
Origin 1.You will begin by documenting a ritual you perform regularly, an instance of how you live in space every day. Consider Body. Space. Time.
Origin 2. Select a site from the list provided. Design a spatial intervention or self-supporting structure that relocates your ritual in your selected site. How, through this shift in place can you reveal something about the ritual?
Origin 3. Create a proposal that responds to the site – historical, political, cultural and social implications – as well as particular modes of representation. As a Spatial designer/artist, your role is to work with, through and against these constraints to produce your response to this brief.
Puna, 2016 by Shannan Ryan – http://shannan-in-space.tumblr.com/
Puna, 2014 by Xavier Ellah – xespatialstudio.tumblr.com/archive/2014/4
We will complete this section together in each session.
- Introduce brief
- Group discussion about rituals
- Modes/perspectives -represent, document, analyse rituals
- Class exercise
- Independent study discussion
- Any questions
- Dissect the rituals – breaking down them down, to reveal something new about them, to (objectify) the ritual, something that was always there that we hadn’t considered before.
- Use ritual as a tool to analyse space
- To change that space – make more efficient or less.
- To consider how we use spaces and how that changes depending on where you are in the world
- Exploration of modes of recording chosen ritual and the space it occurs in
- Presenting ideas back to other groups
- Documentation – always editing: deciding what to record.
- Discovery of context – research / library search techniques
- Floor plans – change over time
- Ritual catch up
- Independent study
- expanding sense of the ‘context’ of the project (eg. critical theory & history)
- begin to think about how we can ‘read’ plans, other drawings and models
- expand ways of analysis
- presentations and in-class exercise
- discussion with peers
- recap / review
Session 1 (Monday)
- Create a blog
- Space analysis: generate 5x modes/perspectives using the list generated together in studio time.
Session 2 (Thursday)
- Sketch Up model of the current site your ritual occurs in (6thmode/perspective).
- Continue ritual investigations. Repeat/try some other space analysis modes.
Always upload ALL work to your blog
This week we add a layer of complexity to you ritual by moving it to an unusual location in one of three possible types of site: the Town Belt, the South Coast, pedestrian routes between Lambton Quay & the Terrace.
Monday session’s slides.
- introduction to sites
- consider what we know and what we can find out abut them
- start making in a little way
- adding constraint to the project
- give the project a space (with qualities like weather and people and materials)
- learn about context
- make a plan/get a focus for how to investigate the site
- online research
- quick modelling & drawing
- collecting maps and other images
- 6 documents made on site
- 2 documents made away from site
- information about the site (history, geography, ecology, topography etc)
Thursday session’s slides
- Powhiri framework – Puna
- Plagiarism vs Sampling
- editing out ideas
- making connections
- refining aesthetic qualities
- making a plan for what to do next
analogy of mashed potato:
- smash things up a bit
- add lots of butter & salt
- whip it till fluffy
- develop ‘mash up’ ideas toward a proposal for a test sited intervention
- produce 4 ‘beautiful mashed-up documents’ (collage, drawing, physical model, stills from digital models, time-based media)
- Upload to your blog
- 1:1 Charrette (bring materials e.g.. roll paper, cotton string, PVA, pins, masking tape, tools & containers, pencils etc)
- develop speed, team work, change your perspective, preparation for following session
- get ideas for how to do your independent study: a 1:1 intervention of your ritual into your site.
- quickly, big-ly, and beautifully.
- 1:1 in-studio charrette exercise
- documentation of a 1:1 in-site intervention of your ritual.
Thursday Session slides on orthographic drawing
- Spatial Design drawing conventions workshop
- skills in representation, communication and interpretation
- listening, looking doing – from 1:1 charrette installation in studio
- create orthographic drawings of 1:1 site intervention from previous independent into
- develop documents of your design proposal (to date) for interim presentation on Monday.
- define a first version idea
- get feed back
- practice presentation skills
- 5 images of your work with verbal description
- 5 ‘images’ of your work to date
continuing to develop project after interim presentation
Academic integrity slides
idea development and resolution exercise (10 minutes to make your idea – 10 minutes to make someone else’s idea – 10 minutes to reflect on making)
1:1 feedback on projects
Continue to work on project – testing new ideas, resolving old ideas, collecting and analysing precedents/’artist models’
Project deliverables/hand-in requirements
1 on 1s
Preparation for final submission
reviewing ‘good’ representation techniques
Continue developing your project.
Complete draft version of each of the ‘drawings’, bring to class on Thursday.
reviewing your plans for final presentation and submission
Preparation for submission
round table discussions of what you will present (4-6 peers)
1:1 meetings as time permits
Final presentation images for review (pin-up) on Monday
PRESENTATION OF FINAL DESIGN PROPOSAL
to provide feedback so project can be resolved for Thursday 9am submission
Pin-up and present with oral feedback from tutors and peers
Respond to feedback from presentation and action changes as needed.
Submission of ALL parts by 12noon Thursday (final design proposal, creative practice documented in blog)
Complete 300 words ‘reflection’ on the aims and successes of your project (ie. a page at 11pt, double spaces text)
Finalise submission and tidy up loose ends
Writing to be completed in class and handed over as a printout etc.
Drawing series: moving through space. Plan, section, elevation, perspective and, conceptual, parti or scale physical model + 6 weeks of creative practice, + written reflection (completed in studio on Thursday).
Last modified: March 30, 2017