Design Studio IIA – Puna
Vogelzang

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.

 

Aim

The aim of this project is to observe, and understand the performances of everyday life and how these often unnoticed or unexamined performances structure spatial experiences. This happens on a large and small scale, in the city, at work, during dinner, as a shared or individual experience. Underlying these are the personal and collective behaviours that we undertake, informally or formally through everyday rituals. Initial explorations into the performance of ritual and the relationship of this performance to space will inform strategies for mapping, documenting and designing a 1:1 experimental spatial ‘dining’ experience.

Experiments with drawing, video, light and materiality will provide frameworks to explore the ways in which an abstract concept might be activated through the manipulation of objects, materials, space and experience. In this project you will be introduced to a range of spatial representation strategies, these combined with your experimentations, will offer a [spatial] design process to aid in the understanding, development and communication of your project.

Project Brief

This project will unfold in 3 phases. The first two weeks of the course will be focused on learning, experimenting with and developing  tools to create spatial experiences. We will then introduce ritual and performance, considering together the ways that these in public and private spaces, at  a range scales – both in time and space. The final phase of the project will take the tools you’ve gathered in the first 3 weeks of the course and apply these through the realisation of a shared dining experience.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t immediately all make sense! We’ll delivering more information each week and will work with you to make connections between the ideas and processes introduced in the course. 

Here is a basic outline of the course (so that you can see where we’re headed):

Week 1. Introduction to the course, lecturers, spatial design spaces. Introduce space and sound.

Week 2. Introduce light and material

Week 3. Introduce ritual and performance. Introduce dining experience section of the brief.

Week 4. Develop dining experience – topic research, 1:1 testing and prototyping

Week 5. Continue to develop dining experience

Week 6. Refine and present dining experience.

 

Here is a pdf of the brief 224.257_Ass1 2021_#. This document also outlines the Learning Outcomes and Assessment criteria for the project as well as key dates and submission requirements.

Week 1

Monday: 

  • Introductions – to each other, to Spatial Design at Massey, to our shared studio space and facilities, to the course and to the first project.
  • Bodies in space!
  • Stream, Spatial website and Mural – resources and expectations for the paper

Reminder: There is a tutorial for this course on Wednesdays at 3-4pm. It is recommended that you attend this in person, if you are unable to make the tutorial will always be recorded. There will tasks that are part of your studio course and assessment that are addressed and supported through these tutorials, they are an important part of your learning for the course.

Independent study for Thursday:

  • Set up your Mural. Links to our shared Mural board, and your individual board are here.
  • Attend the tutorial on Wednesday. This will cover a range of tools for researching imagery, arranging your ideas, using Mural and documenting your work.
  • Find and add to your Mural workspace:
    • 5 examples from art and design where bodies are positioned in particular ways that have an effect on the context they are in, for example, where status is being asserted, comfort is present, the body is doing something it wouldn’t usually be doing in that space, drawing attention to something about the architecture of the space.
    • 5 examples from a mix of public and private space is utilised in a way that is different to its intended purpose. 
    • source sounds – annoying, panic, exciting, revved up, uplifted, inspiring, surprising (but a not a crash or boom sound), find two examples from this list. 
  • Attend a 3D workshop induction

Performance Theory

Here are some links videos of some key theorists discussing ritual, performance and performativity. We will look at these ideas on more detail in week three but you might like to get used some of the language and concepts being discussed.

Marvin Carlson – www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxlhXvphx6U&ab_channel=lisbonconsortium

Richard Schechner – www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhk-WQ37fTY&ab_channel=CompanionWebsites

Erika Fischer-Licte, discussing the tension between the real and unreal in theatre, consider how by by observing someone else doing something (even if this is a fictional thing) has an effect on the audience/those who are observing the action – www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMqiouM9LJM

Don’t worry if these don’t all make sense! We’ll spend time exploring these concepts together through discussing and 1:1 (full scale) making!

Thursday:

  • General catch up and recap Monday session.
  • Share examples collected from independent study in small groups.
  • Sound experiments – in class exercises (exercises outlined below)

Independent study for Monday week 2:

  • Find 5 examples from art and design where light is a central part of the work. 
  • Find a description of light in a piece of text (this can be a short paragraph)
  • Find 5 examples from out in the world/the surrounding city, university, your neighbourhood, home where light creates atmosphere.

Ensure you have signed up to Mural and are adding all of your class and independent study work to your individual board.

Sound Experiments (in class):

Exercise 1

  • In groups 3 of three choose one sound (not piece of music)
  • Find a place that echoes and play sound in this space. Document what makes it an echoey space eg size and materials, list materials and size. Manipulate the sound by adjusting the volume, distort the sound with something external to the device eg: playing it in front of a fan, in your pocket, in a container. Change the proximity of the of the sound to the audience, play the sound in the space, record and playback into the same space. Document experiment through: recording sound and video, drawing, writing
  • factors to consider: volume, distortion, what you’re playing the sound through

Exercise 2

  • In groups 3 of three choose one sound (not piece of music)
  • Find an absorbent space and play a sound as before.
  • Document what makes it an absorbent space eg size and materials, list materials and size.
  • Manipulate the sound by adjusting the volume, distort the sound with something external to the device 
  • Change the proximity of the of the sound to the audience, play the sound in the space, record and playback into the same space. 
  • Document experiment through: recording sound and video, drawing, writing
  • factors to consider: volume, distortion, what you’re playing the sound through

Exercise 3

  • In groups 3 of three choose one sound (not piece of music)
  • Create an image or action and use one of your recorded sounds to manipulate original, expected or intended meaning.
  • Source an image or moving image eg. fire/waterfall and use your sound to manipulate….
  • Document your response to the sound. (has the meaning changed….) 
  • Document experiment through: recording sound and video, drawing, writing
  • Factors to consider: volume, distortion, what you’re playing the sound through

Week 2

Monday:

  • Share examples collected from independent study in small groups.
  • Health and Safety in 10C19
  • LX experiments – in class exercises

Reminder clinic on Wednesday 3-4. You will be using your description of light in this session, so make sure that is handy! Your work that you do at clinics should also be posted on your Mural.

Independent study for Thursday:

  • Find 5 examples from art and design where material is a central part of the work. 
  • Find a description of a material or materiality in a piece of text (this can be a short paragraph)
  • Find 5 examples from out in the world/the surrounding city, university, your neighbourhood, home where materiality combine with light or sound creates atmosphere.
  • Find another example of a text description of light that is different to your first one.

 

Light Experiments (in class):

In 10C19:

  • What are some examples of a private ritual?
  • What are the ‘elements’ of these 7 lights step by step
  • Hiit – at each light create an interesting image or movement that explores the idea of ‘ritual’ – you have 4 minutes at each light. Each image or movement should last no more than 10sec
    • Eg. washing hands – how can each light change the context/mood/feeling/meaning of washing hands.
    • Consider – proximity to source, direct or indirect light (bounce), audience placement

In studio 10b12b:

  1. Natural Light
  • In groups find an example of natural light that effecting or creating a mood or meaning in the surrounding environment and document the light and your response to the prompts below.
  • Are you able to manipulate the light or how we view it? – what effect does this have?
  • factors to consider: intensity, shadow, colour, source, proximity to source, ‘audience’ placement, direct or indirect light

2. Artificial Light

  • In groups find an example of artificial light that effecting or creating a mood or meaning in the surrounding environment and document the light and your response to the prompts below.
  • Are you able to manipulate the light or how we view it? – what effect does this have?
  • factors to consider: intensity, shadow, colour, source, proximity to source, ‘audience’ placement, direct or indirect light

Thursday:

  • Tutorial catch up and independent study discussions and general check-in
  • Material exploration exercises
  • Health and Safety catch up
  • Making narrative – combining the tools we’ve explored over the last 4 sessions

Independent study for Monday:

  1. Watch the Marvin Carlson interview and write a short 150-200 word response to this discussion. 

2. Document a ritual that you perform regularly. Consider how you might best capture the details of how this ritual is performed. Consider how some of the ideas that Marvin Carlson raises in his interview might inform the way that you document your ritual. Consider the spatial design tools that we have explored so far in the course too – light, sound, body and materials – and the ways that these inform the performance and documentation of your chosen ritual. Post your documentation to your mural.

3. Complete the video task from the Wednesday tutorial session.

4. Complete any independent study tasks that you have not done yet. These are important tasks that inform each session and the learning outcomes for this course.

In class tasks – summary:

  1. Find an object in the room and do site analysis of the object, both generally eg, chairs, then specifically this chair.Consider: Where do you find it eg in an institution, outside etc., how is it used, who uses it, is it associated with a particular demographic or group, how does it make you feel, what factors influence response to it?
  2. Find an object in the room and do  a site analysis of the object both generally eg, chairs, then specifically this chair.Consider: Where do you find it eg in an institution, outside etc., how is it used, who uses it, is it associated with a particular demographic or group, how does it make you feel, what factors influence response to it?
  3. Using your material, plus either or bth sound and light and the body (audience and performer) create 3 moments that fit together: material, material+ sound and light, material + sound, light and the body.

Week 3

Monday:

  • Ritual and Performance presentation
  • Remaking ritual documentation 
  • Public space and ritual exercise

Attend the drawing and performative mapping techniques clinic on Wednesday 3-4 in 11A26. This clinic is focused on drawing as a generative tool and representation techniques. This will help you to develop the multi-media collage/storyboards that you created in studio.

Independent study for Thursday:

  1. Complete the in class exercises. Each group should have 2 mixed media collages, and each individual should have their own collage that they make as part of the tutorial on Wednesday.
  2. Bring an artefact from your own cultural experience of eating eg. bowl and teaspoon used for eating a particular type of food, a can of baked beans, a placemat etc
  3. Bring a utensil that you would eat salad with. 

In class tasks will be updated after the session.

Please note: the blog will be updated weekly. Everything beyond this point is not up to date information!

 

Last modified: March 6, 2021