disremembered paris . analysis paris . mapping paris . design richmond . mapping richmond . collage richmond . design richmond . final
This project approaches the drama of an eternal present through the simultaneous activities of ascending a stair and descending a ramp. Footfalls become the measuring device by which one achieves understanding of a fragmented surface. As the angle, and therefore the speed, of ascent changes, it suggests places of pause and reflection: staccato footfalls giving way to steady plodding. The stair and ramp, then, become the rules by which one enacts a speech act or writes a text in footfalls with the wall (or viewer) as fellow conversant. As it multiplies the types of connections and structural differences through fragmentary, self-sufficient structures, it brings out the nature of wall as fragment. Construction becomes a temporal thing as it is built in pieces, broken down, perhaps repaired.The wall surface takes on the incremental appearance of a skin continually scarred and healed over, manifesting residue of previous orders of occupation. One begins to participate in a ritual of making and remaking that achieves a timelessness through continual reenactment.