My installations are site specific. That is, they are made to exist in specific places, and they respond to the elements and features of the site.
I have been refining how I approach a space. If my work is to respond to the site, I need to do a bit of research and thinking before I rock up to a site and slap some paint on the walls etc. That’s where a site investigation can be so helpful. I need to make notes all about the site and its features. It may also be helpful to document the space with photographs/video – which could help you to see what you wouldn’t normally notice.
When considering a space, think about:
- Light conditions: Is it dim, bright, dappled, changing, etc? Time of day, sunlight or artificial light?
- Shapes and forms present
- Floor level variances
- 360 degrees view
- Pay attention to your body as you walk through the site: this may be assisted by using ear plugs.
- Temporal nature of the space
- Site historical information
- Areas of transit: are there walkways through the space, etc?
- What people use the space? Who owns the space? Who has responsibility for the site?
- Interview someone about the site (user/owner/etc)
- Scale: How high are the ceilings, etc?
I’ve started work in a small space (see above photograph) with lots of elements to consider. Just briefly: It is a basic rectangular shaped room with a door and a window. The floor is tiled red and grey. The walls are white and feature two plaster walls and two masonry walls with the outlines of painted bricks/tiles on its surface. There are a number of clothing(?) hooks up high in the space, and a radiator in the centre of one wall. Light pours in from the window, and there is a small amount from fluorescent light overhead. There is no air movement unless the window is opened.
I often find the challenge is knowing what to utilise, what to ignore – and is it too obvious to draw varying levels of attention to a particular feature.
Stay tuned for developments to this installation.