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 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

In groups create a 1:1 dining experience for your allocated course. 

  1. The design of your dining experience will be driven by a topic or area of concern derived in response to an aspect of your course, for example, the cultural significance of the course, the role that it plays in the larger dining experience, the types of food that might be consumed in this course. A topic or area could be (but certainly not limited to!) food poverty, water pollution, animal welfare etc.  
  2. As your group’s course will be part of a whole dining experience. Your group will need to collaborate with the other dining courses to ensure smooth transitions throughout the whole experience.
  3. Two outcomes for this project. The first is the dining experience that you will create, the second is the presentation of your research, development and documentation of the experience.

Before we move into the group phase of this project we will introduce ritual and performance through a series of explorations (week 1-2).

We will go through the project deliverables in detail in week 2.

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:

-Introduction and overview the semester, spatial design, and to the concept of Puna

-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.

-Ritual explorastions: 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: 

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

-Capture through in an unmediated/raw (documentary style) and then in a mediated/conceptual style make 2x (max 30 second) video documentation of the ritual/performance. Create a blog post of ‘annotations’ that highlights the individual parts (processes, objects, light, sound, space) of the ritual that make up the whole.

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

Note there is a clinic on Wednesday afternoon at 1pm that you will need to attend. This clinic is an introduction to video editing software Premiere to help you with your independent study task for Thursday and the weeks to come. Tutorials will be held in 10B01.

Task 3:

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




Thursday Week 1:

-Quick presentation of ritual research videos.

-In your group, remake your ritual video based in on the feedback and class discussion. Include other media eg. hand drawings, found footage and collage this into your video to highlight something about your ritual.

-10.30am class reps, visit from Kate Te Ao.

-Discussion about the readings and your responses!

-Introduce artist models who explore ritual through their work. Allocation of artist models. In your groups prepare a short presentation (gather your research and synthesise it into 5 slides) that outlines some of the strategies that your allocated artist employs in their work.

For Monday:

  1. In your group, complete your artist model presentations and ensure this is uploaded to everyone in your group’s blog.
  2. Individually: using the collateral (your original, raw footage, edited video, drawings, found footage) remake your ritual video using a/some strategies that you have identified in your artist model. Make sure your video is uploaded to your blog!
  3. Write a short description to accompany your video that addresses the strategy that you have used and the desired effect of it on your video.
  4. Finish off the video you were working on in class.

Blog links:


Week 2

Wigglesworth, Till

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

  • 5 slide artist presentations.
  • Discuss the readings from last week alongside your videos
  • Introduce the next phase of the brief and get into groups
  • Introduce and discuss temporality and strategies to map experiences over time. Look Ro Spankie reading.

There is a tutorial with Georgina on strategies for mapping and collaging that you will need to attend on Wednesday 1pm, 10B01.

For Thursday:

In your groups undertake a dining experience together. Document this experience using video, photography and drawing.

_As a group capture/document your dining experience through 1 min video.

_Individually create a series of 5 collage drawings that capture something about the dining experience. Each drawing should capture a different element of the dining experience for example: the light in the space, the travel of the objects and utensils used in the experience, the texture of the food etc.



Refer to the slide show from studio class and Ro Spankie (IAR1113_Space…) resource to help you gather and communicate your dining experience.

Thursday, Week 2

Quick look/conversation about the dining experiences as a class group.

 Workshop task to create ‘storyboard’ of the experiences by combining the imagery that you generated through the documentation of your dining experience. As a group create a ‘storyboard’ that describes your dining experience – through time, space, objects. We are using 

Allocate courses and assign Vogelzang readings to groups. Discuss topic or position to work from.

For Monday: 

  • In your groups complete the Vogelzang readings that you have been assigned. Prepare a short summary including 3 images that reference ideas covered in your reading
  • In your allocated groups and ‘course’ begin to research into the history and precedents of this course – try to find out everything that there is to know about it.
  • Identify food, objects, spatial conditions in relation to the course and what this may mean for social encounters and interactions.
  • What food topic are you connecting with the course? What further research is required? 

Conduct research into your course and your topic. Arrange this on your blogs. We will discuss this in small groups together on Monday.

  • In your group, finish your 5 collage drawings, post the set of drawings to your blog.




Monday Week 3:

We will talk through the site(s) for these performances and the implications of them. We will do a walkthrough some of the spaces and discuss protocol for using them.

Review group drawings.

Vogelzang reading, discussion with class.

Workshop food topics and dining course research.

For Thursday:

  • Individually, complete the Wigglesworth reading. Select 3 quotes that resonate with you, in relation to this assignment and write a couple of sentences to explain why.
  • Continue to develop your project as a group. Find 3 examples of artists (per group)  who are working with similar topics to your group. Source an image and write a short summary (approx 100 words) that outlines what the artwork is and how the idea of the work is expressed through the artwork.

Thursday Week 3:


Class reps

In groups share the quotes that you selected from the Wigglesworth reading. Discuss how some of the ideas in this reading translate or relate to some of ideas you are working with for your project.

Continue to develop your design. In class generate 3 possible responses to your concept as you understand it to be now. Map out these ideas – find images to support your thinking, mock -up objects that might be part of the experience, try some different arrangements of space, table, seating, tools. Document these responses and upload to your blog.

For Monday

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

2. Develop 2 responses to your concept – you 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. Consider how different sites for your dining experience might impact the way your idea is communicated.

Remember to upload all the work that you are doing towards your project to your blog!



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Monday Week 4: 

Present your two ideas to another group and discuss. Talk through each stage of the dining experience, considering the journey of the: audience/participant’s bodies, objects, lights and sounds.

In your groups, share one idea that you took away from the readings. Together consider the ways that this relates to your project.

10am – 10.20 Health and Counselling services

For Thursday:

Select one of your ideas to move forward with. Prepare a presentation to share with the class that outlines: your research (into the course and topic), the treatment of the lights, sound, objects and bodies in the space, the ‘journey’ through your experience (what happens at the start, middle, end).

As a guide, you could consider creating 1 slide per section eg. a slide for course research, one for lights etc.

Thursday Week 4:

Presentation of research

Lighting workshop

Continue to work on your project

For Monday:

The task for Monday is to prepare a ‘prototype’ of your dining experience. Use the materials you have available to create a mock-up of the experience.  We ask that each group start making and testing elements of your performance. This does not mean that everything needs to be done (completed as you intend it to be) or that all elements will be completed to the same level of refinement. What you are looking to do is test out as much as possible so that your group can ‘step-through’ at 1:1 how your experience might run. Some elements might just be signalled by writing up on a piece of paper some thing like ‘this will be a purple plate’ to serve as a stand-in but to signal that you have thought about each element to some degree. Let us know if you need further clarification on that, or anything else. We are more than happy to answer!

Making, trialling and testing are the most effective ways to figure out if your idea is working and how you can develop it further. Remember to document all of this and update your blogs. This is all part of the learning for this course!

We will be workshopping your prototypes in class on Monday – bring all that you have been working on, wherever you get to with it between now and then!

There will be a Premiere Pro tutorial on Wednesday at 2pm. At least one group member needs to attend this, though it is preferable that you all attend!

Please fill out this form for us so that we can get an idea of what resources you personally have access to in light of possible online delivery at different points in the future:

Technical resources survey:

Monday 23rd March – Week 5 – Transition to online course delivery

  • We will go through all of the tools you need for the rest of the semester as we will be moving to online course delivery from Thursday.
  • Project deliverables
  • Handover and discussion of prototypes

For Thursday: Create a draft (v1) of the ‘mixed media moments’ component of the hand-in.

Attend the Premiere Pro Tutorial with Amber at 2pm. Zoom details will be posted before the session. reminder, you are able to attend this session in the studio too. 

Project update and altered deliverables:

Below are the deliverables for the project. You will work individually for the remainder of the project. You will be using the work you have produced in your groups to date as a point to work from to continue to individually develop a dining experience. This dining experience will no longer be performed live to the class.

Your job is to capture and describe as effectively as you can through the  deliverables the key ideas and experiences you have designed and would intend for a live performance of the event. The project becomes about communicating what will happen without actually making the performance.

These deliverables still require you to consider the elements that we have been looking at and working through over the project so far. In the development of your design you will still need to consider: duration, speed, site, layout, sound, lights, costume, body, objects, the trajectory of your experience, seating, table (or no table), specific elements of the place setting….

  • 2min video. This can be made up of multiple videos that total 2mins. Video to capture the overall dining experience. See notes on the Spatial Website for further details. 
  • An object that you have made, altered or sourced. This is a digitally submitted project so you will need to be document the object. Ensure that the performative qualities and the context for the object are captured through your submission. 
  • 5 mixed media compositions that serve to communicate 5 key moments in your dining experience. These need to be completed to high level of craft and care. These serve highly produced storyboards that use a range of drawing techniques to show action, layout, sound, light, av, time, changes over time.
  • Presentation of research and project overall. You will need to submit your presentation as pdf  as well as a recording of your presentation. The presentation element of the project part of your assessment.

Submission date and times:

Presentations will be on Thursday 30th April from 9am.
Digital submission of the elements listed above by 5pm Thursday 30th April.

This project will be marked individually with a group component to reflect the nature of the process.

The new week 5! Welcome back everyone!

We’re running classes online for the rest of the semester. Head to our Stream page for the Zoom link for our studio sessions:

Monday 20th April:

  • General catch up and check in. 
  • Go over the deliverables for this project and answer any questions you might have about these.
  • Searching sourcing precedents and research examples discussion and exercise.
  • Small group and individual catch-ups.

For Thursday: Continue to work on your project. Source examples of videos that you feel capture the atmosphere you are looking to create in your dining experience or use techniques and strategies that you might be able to utilise for your own video.

Wednesday 1pm: Premiere Pro tutorial with Amber. Zoom link on Stream


Some searching tips for mixed media compositions:

Search terms to try: time-based, collage, storyboard, architectural rendering, spatial, scenography, staging, 

These terms could be complemented by including the names of galleries or institutions that might exhibit or represent artists and designers who work with similar formal and conceptual themes to the ones we are using. Some examples of these include: MoMA, The Tate Modern, The Tate Britain, Circuit, Serpentine Gallery,, Museum of Digital Art, MODOS,, (huge catalogue of design divided in elements, location, designers), Best Awards,

You might also look at websites and publications that collate design and art works for examples, some of these include:, Dezeen, archdaily,, (digital art), 

You could also have a look at different studios who present a range of projects in different formats. This might be useful to find techniques that you could apply to the representation and research for this project, some examples: Superstudio, Archigram, BIG, teamLAB, SuperUnion, KWY

You might also search festivals and events: The Prague Quadrennial (PQ), The Venice Biennale, Campo, Fierce Festival, Dark Mofo, Documenta…

These are by no means all of the places you might look but hopefully provide you with a starting point to search from. Remember that you can take different elements from a project, perhaps just a colour or an editing technique or particular composition or treatment of materials.

Week 5 continued:

Thursday 23rd April:

  • Begin together at 9am.
  • Update on assessment for this project
  • Class exercise: sourcing and analysing examples and precedents
  • Tutorial sessions: link to google sheet
  • Presentation format and discussion – (video to be posted Thursday afternoon)

Reminder: Monday 27th April is a public holiday so we will not have a session together. Meg will be having office hours onFriday 24th April between 2-3pm or Tuesday 28th between 12.30-4.30. You can sign up for a time here, if demand is high I’ll add more times. 

Thursday class exercise:

Sourcing precedents images, videos and projects:

Using the search terms and useful organisations/search prompts from Monday and some that you have come up with that are relevant to your project, find one of each of the following (image or video but at 2 of each):

  1. Example that demonstrates a representation technique you would like to use for your own project.
  2. Example that demonstrates a type of interaction you would like to create in your own experience.
  3. Example that addresses ‘time’ in a way that relates to the experience that you are designing eg. very busy with lots of things happening at one time.
  4. Example that deals with a similar theme/topic that you are exploring through your own design.
  5. Example that demonstrates an atmosphere (think light and materiality) that are trying to create for your design.

For each example please include: 

  • The name of the project
  • Who made it and when 
  • Where you found it (include a link)
  • Why you have selected that particular example.

Compile this into a document and/or post directly to your blog as a single post.


When: Thursday 30th April, 9am.

You’ll present to each other in small groups at scheduled times. Schedule to be posted next week.

Presentation length: 5-6 mins plus feedback

  • No overall slide limit but presentation needs to include at least one slide for:
  • title slide – name the project/experience
  • overall concept (summary of what your course is, what your topic is and what the experience is)
  • research (this will likely include group work)
  • slide with all 5 mixed media images (this provides an overview of the sequence of images)
  • 1 slide for each mixed media image (5 in total, this is to go into more detail about each image)
  • Video
  • Object 
  • Final image/closing image


Class plan: Thursday 30th April/Week 6

-Meet together at 9am, general catch-up and overview of hand-in protocol

Presentation plan:

  • Join back to the zoom at your presentation time. You’ll be in a small group with Kate or Meg. Link to these posted here on Thursday morning.  Presentation groups
  • Approx 10mins per person including feedback
  • Take notes for each other (we’ll organise someone in your group). Feedback on presentations posted to your blog.

Week 6 and project deliverables:

Please follow the instructions outlined on Stream and upload your work by 5pm, Thursday 30th April.

To be uploaded to Stream:

  • Recorded presentation video
  • Video
  • Single pdf of 5 mixed media images

On your blog:

  • Documentation of your object
  • All work completed towards this assignment, both group and individual.
  • Feedback from in class presentations

Last modified: April 30, 2020