INDIVIDUAL THESIS STUDIO PROJECT (WINTER 2017)
the optical properties of the vitrine are created through it’s limited transparent barrier: almost full visual access is provided, but a physical divide is erected. the divide is most noticeable when viewed from the corners. while the vitrine as an optical device is incredibly simple, it’s implications on the viewer and viewed are complex.
this idea of both unlimited and limited visuality was my interest while creating a physical form. using a vitrine, the viewer locates themselves around an object and is free to move around, up to a certain distance from the object where they are physically prohibited by the glass.
measuring from a single vertical plane, the vitrine has less than 360 degrees of freedom, but at minimum 180 degrees of freedom, depending on the size of the ground plane on which the object rests. i explored one longitudinal range of these degrees of this freedom, stretching around the points of most visual resistance - the corners. these the 2D composition reveals a limited subset of the extents of the views of the object as one rotates around it’s glass enclosure. the base of the vitrine prohibits further exploration as it begins to clip the object in the field of view. thus the effects of this base became my area of interest.
the 3D translation of this exploration counteracts the stability of the vitrine and highlights the disturbance at the base. the object is no longer stable; it reads both as a body in motion, as well as physically rocks about its axis, trying to find a balancing point. by stacking a set of the 2D extents of view, the clipped base is removed and the object begins to turned under upon itself. the resting point of the object is thrown off balance, causing it to tilt forward and backwards, revealing the base - which is counter to the original prohibited view of the base in a vitrine.
architecturally, this opens up an interesting conversation about the ground and how we can distort or expose a ground plane. i’m working on increasing tension around the ground plane- as the object begins to rock around and have multiple orientations, where the ground is located changes and previous notions of what was ground are now exposed.
critic: heather roberge