Design Studio IIA – Puna

Marije Vogelzang Dining Experience

Ritual Investigations – Performative Space

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) –  they come from our everyday practices, from communities, from our heritage, from other designers, artists and from clients. Having an awareness of where ideas come from, allows us to contextualise and articulate them through ‘design and make’ in a conscious and effective way.



The aim of this project is to observe, and understand the performances of everyday life and how they structure spatial experiences. This happens on a large or small scale, in the city, at work, during dinner, as a social experience or an individual experience. Underlying these are the personal and collective behaviours that we undertake, informally or formally through everyday or private rituals. Initial explorations into the performance of space during the first few weeks and the learning from it will subsequently be applied to the design of a profound spatial experience.

In addition, experiments with drawing, video, light and materiality will provide cues as to the ways in which an abstract concept might be activated through the manipulation of objects, materials, space and experience. At the same time, you will be introduced to the conventions spatial representation, and combined with your experimentations, will offer a new [spatial] design process to aid in the understanding, development and communication of your project


In order to understand what we mean by performance you are initially asked to explore this concept through texts and through discussions, and subsequently, to study an allocated practice/artist precedent working in that way.

Monday Week 1:

-Watch the Marvin Carlson Video on ‘What is Performance’:

-Discuss in groups the key points made and report back to the class Marvin Carlson’s understanding of performance. Answer the questions from the slide presentation.

-In groups, research and discuss your allocated ritual/performance. Consider what are all of the elements that constitute this ritual/performance.

For Thursday:

Task 1:

-Undertake Schechner reading on Ritual which will serve as the basis for a practitioner analysis during class time. Select and upload 3 quotes onto your blog that will help you to present your allocated ritual/performance (see task below).

Task 2: In your groups – 

-Find your ritual/performance somewhere – in real life or in fiction eg. film.

-Make an up to 30 second video documentation of the ritual/performance and 6 sequential stills with annotations highlighting the individual parts of the ritual that make up the whole. 1 per group. Upload this to your blog.

-Attend 3D workshop induction, these are on everyday 2pm-3pm!

-Note there is a clinic on Thursday afternoon at 1pm that you will need to attend.

Task 3:

-Make a blog and complete this form so that can access your blog throughout this project.

Thursday Week 1:

-Presentation of group research. Please upload your blog address onto google spreadsheet sent to you.

-Remaking videos in a way that emphasises a particular characteristic of your ritual/performance. Tutorials.

-Time based documentation and representation

Artist models:

-Rachel Whiteread

-Mona Hatoum

-Trisha Brown

-Joanna Margaret Paul

-Francis Alys

-Raumlaborberlin (Eichbaumoper)

-Gabriel Orozco

-Honour Freeman

-Rimini Protokoll (Cargo X – Sofia)

-Tania Bruguera (Tatlin’s Whisper #5 Tate)

Attend Video Clinic Thursday afternoon 1pm-2pm

For Monday:

-Create new ritual/performance documentation.

-In your groups, research allocated artist model. Discuss how the artist has engaged with ritual. What are the similarities with your own ritual/performance presentation? Use the questions from the slide show to analyse your allocated artist.

Choose an aspect (from the breakdown maps we made in studio time) of your ritual that you will focus on, eg ‘fitspo’ or ‘the specificity of the objects required to perform your ritual’

Select one or more characteristic of your artist model to emphasise in the remaking of your group’s video eg. how is temporality dealt with by the artist? How can you emphasise time in your video – speeding up, ultra slow motion, attention to light.

Use/apply the characteristic/technique or an interpretation of the technique/characteristic to remake/make a new video documentation of your allocated ritual, consider: light, sound, space, camera angle/shot, collaging in of other media


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Wigglesworth, Till


Food – Eating – Social Encounters

How we use space is far more ambiguous than it might seem at first glance. Form does not necessarily follow function and today we recognise interiors are constructed as much by social and cultural customs as physical or formal necessity.                                                                                        Brooker and Stone, 2007

Habitation is as much about social, cultural, sensory and performative concerns as it is about form, size and function. Considered together, they create spatial experience and cater for the functional, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs that people require and seek. This first of two assignments looks at habitation as a socio-cultural idea and uses food and eating as a way to observe and analyse space, and to generate spatial experiences and events. Food is a fundamental part of humanity and the world’s societies. Food culture – ‘eating and sharing’ –  form some of the most important socio-cultural experiences in our everyday lives. They are part of  our most often practiced, and important, formal and ritualistic live events / performances.

Eating and food is a big subject. This assignment allows you to find interesting, pertinent connections between spatial experience, eating, the social, AND topics like the body, nature, technology, sustainability, consumption, culture, emotion, taste, and more).

Monday Week 2:

-Present your remade video, uploaded on your blog.

-Introduce temporality and strategies to map experiences over time. Look at artist models, select 2 examples to test out in class exercise.

-Introduce and allocate dining experiences. Allocate groups. Discuss strategies to capture all of the components of your dining experience. This is a group project so work together to gather and create this documentation.

For Thursday

Research your allocated dining experience, present this research on your blog. Plan out your dining experience – where, what and how you will capture the experience.

Thursday Week 2:




Monday Week 3:

Present and discuss videos and images of your groupd dining experience. Read your allocated Vogelzang reading (you can find this on Stream).

Allocate ‘courses’ and begin researching your course and a possible topic/concept.

Optional: Attend Indigo workshop on Wednesday 1pm or Thursday and Friday 1pm to brush up on using this tool. Indigo is a great software to help you to visualise light, create and design atmospheres.

Look over the presentation on Stream for a reminder of what we covered in studio.


Thursday Week 3:

Class reps.

Presentation of findings. Discuss topic. Brainstorm/discuss ways of folding storytelling into action. Decide on 1 concept to move forward with. We will workshop these ideas together in class.

Time based drawing and documentation models.

For Monday:

1. Read the Orta reading and respond to through the development of your idea. On your blog, you will need to explicitly state how you are responding to the ideas that are discussed in the reading.

2. Develop 2 responses to your concept through a proposed experience of your course. You will need to address what actions are involved, what are the objects that are involved and how these actions/objects begin to communicate your topic through the form of your allocated course.

Bring class on Monday: a range of light sources and materials that reflex/refract and interact with light that you have access to. Some examples, torches of varying sizes, tungsten desklamps, LED lights eg fairy lights, single LEDs, tinfoil, emergency blankets, gauze/gauzey fabrics, polythene. Some of these materials might be available on the model making tables in 10C13. Coordinate with your group to ensure you have a range of materials and lights to work with.


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 Monday Week 4: 

Recap where we are in the project.

Small group tutorials: Discuss what are the objects, what are the actions and what are the social encounters/participation opportunities.

Conceptual design workshop using lighting.

For Thursday: Bring your lighting kits to class again.

Use the 3D workshop to ‘materialise’ your design concept and present to in class on Thursday:

  • Develop your concept design based on the feedback given on Monday. Use precedents, material samples, your material 1:1 mockups, sketches, perspectives (quick ideation perspectives through collaging or hand sketching), consider ways of choreographing – how the event might unfold.
  • Present for 10 minutes using print and video (optional). Print out in A3 format as a minimum, use all your skills that you have learned in the past year and past few weeks (in terms of temporality and performance). Use video, sketchup, rendering tools, drawing, material / object mockups to present your ideas. Show as much as you can in order to get maximum feedback for your design development in Week 5.

Thursday Week 4:

Present your concept to the class.

Lighting workshop

Introduce documentation and presentation requirements

For Monday: Develop your design in response to the feedback you receive and begin to plot the event in space using the table or your substitute as your site – you can do this in 10C19 or the Tea Gardens, or any other space. Importantly, you need to have resolved the transitions between your neighbours also!

-5x ‘lighting designs’ using Twinmotion. Remember to include bodies in your designs! Also remember that you can light on, through, into, inside things, consider these possibilities in your lighting design proposals.


Week 5


Review project deliverables

Lighting workshop

Group tutorials


_Project Description (50-100 words)

_Research” into course, food topic, precedents, which needs to be visual and needs to be accompanied by key points. It also needs to include 3 quotes from readings – one each from Performance as well as Lupton, as well as a third one that you have sourced yourself.

_Development/process: show the development of the design through the documentation of the design (mockups, material studies… sketches)

_2D representations – 1 plan and 1 section to scale showing the entire space and the set up of your course

_3D representations (perspectives, storyboarding):

_1 video work showing temporality/change/actions – 1min!

_Object designs, and the testing/ development of these

Final Presentations part 2, Thursday, Week 6:  9am – All in the Tea Garden with printed A3s in colour presented as per provided format: You have one of the 2.4×1.2m boards available to pin up your work. You will have 10mins to present your project.

Large format printer tutorial Monday/Tuesday 3pm

Thursday: Technical/Dress Rehearsal

Mockup presentation and choreography (time-based unfolding and movements of guests, hosts, objects, lighting, sound) using 10C19. This is to sort out the problems, opportunities, transitions of each space.

DELIVERABLES: Prepare for presentation (part 1)

Week 6: Monday

Presentation part 1: 

Deliverables for Monday Week 6 (Final Presentation part 1):

Event (time-based unfolding and movements of guests, hosts, objects)

9:00am: Set up for event.

10:00am: Event begins (time-based unfolding and movements of guests, hosts, objects).

 Make sure to have discussed and planned how to document the event (video, sound, etc) This will be handed in on Thursday through short but succinct pinup and video presentations – see deliverables Thursday Week 6.

Thursday: Presentation part 2:

As outlined in week 5 under project deliverables.

Deliverables for Thursday Week 6(Final Presentation part 2) :

Pin up of your work in the format of A3 in colour and be ready to begin at 9.30am

_Project Description (50-100 words)

_Research” into course, food topic, precedents, which needs to be visual and needs to be accompanied with key points. It also needs to include 3 quotes from readings – one each from Performance as well as Lupton, as well as a third one that you have sourced yourself.

_Development/process: show the development of the design through the documentation of the design (mock ups, material studies… sketches)

_2D representations – 1 plan and 1 section to scale showing the entire space and the set up of your course

_3D representations (perspectives, storyboarding):

_1 video work showing temporality/change/actions – 1min!

_Object designs, and the testing/ development of these

You have until 5pm on Thursday 4th April to submit a pdf of your project deliverables (the A3s that you have presented + video to the dropbox on Stream and ensure your blog is up to date. Each person need to individually upload their work to Stream.

Monday week 7: Unity tutorial at 1pm. It is important that you attend this as we will be using this programme throughout the next project.

Last modified: April 4, 2019