Material, Site and Experience Explorations
1st Material: Air-dry clay with water
For this experiment, I found this to very successful due to the results I have come too. During the experiment, I found that as I waited for the water to run over the clay’s surface, the difference between the smooth surface and the surface with carvings, the smooth one dried quickly (besides for the parts at the bottom because the water sat over top and left it be slightly swamp-like. As for the surface with the carvings into them, I found that because of the different carvings in different directions, the water did sit over top of the clay for a much longer period of time and also had a swampy-like texture because of its sitting over time. After both were completely dried, the smooth surface continued to stayed smooth, while the the one with the carvings had more textured with harsh edges, and touching it, it felt almost too fragile to touch because at a given moment of touching it, it felt like it may break.
2nd Material: Sand with water
I found this experiment with sand and water to be a failure because between the two, both had very similar results. For one, I had placed sand in the container and poured water over top, which resulted in wet sand. With the other, I had poured water into a little hole I made into the sand. Again, it only resulted in wet sand. It is possible that I needed more water to see what would happen, but in the end from what I was able to take away, I found that the water only sat in the sand and didn’t spread.
3rd Material: Ice and water
Similar to the clay experiment, I found that this experiment with reaction to the water was successful. I’ve attempted to go over this several times because in the process of experimenting, the ice would begin melting slowly prior to the actual experiment. Ideally, the purpose was to look at the difference between pouring hot water over a block of ice, where one was left in its original state, while another block of ice was carved in. With the blocks of ice that was left in its own state, I found that the ice would melt chaotically, where some parts would melt away quickly and others would be exposed and slowly melt. The blocks of ice that had carvings into them, again there were places that melted away quickly and others would just be exposed, but because of the carvings, it directed the water into areas of the carvings and placing more emphasis on the melting within these areas.
When looking around campus, I had kept in mind, where would Vhils place his work while still being able to address an issue. Looking at his well-known art that was focused on gentrification, I found that these were in semi-public areas (semi-public because these areas would undergo “renovation” so they will eventually be closed off to the public and only open to the people reconstructing the areas). So while going around campus, I’ve kept in mind, if Vhils wanted a place of work that would display Venom as a destructive force, it should be in a public area that every one would be able to see. Since I am exploring Venom as a natural, destructive force, I looked for areas that were public but were also always in accessible or in view no matter what the consequences were. I found that the best area for Vhils to display his work was the area by the O-Train Carleton station. The path way that runs along the station and leading into a tunnel that leads to the opposide side is the location I’d like to focus on. I found this to be a strong area that Vhils would most likely use because first of all it is a public area, no matter what this path way and its surroundings will always be an area that people pass through because it an path way that leads into campus, rather than into a tunnel which would be an alternative pathway to campus. Since there is no tunnel access into campus, this makes it much more of a common path for people to take because, at the moment, the buses aren’t running on to campus, many people result into taking the train more often. From this, they’ll end up passing this pathway’s area at least once a day, whether they are coming to school or going home.
From the past material and site explorations, I came to an ideal of what type of experience I’d like my audience to feel. First of all I’d like to point out several different aspects of the site chosen. I appreciate that it is an unbuilt location, therefore, it is area that I can work freshly in, rather than looking at area that had already been built into. Another note on the location, it’s perfect because of its busy circulation path, it will always have people pass through it and take notice of the space itself. The toporaphy is of a landscape that is on a fairly steep incline which is made up entirely of soil and elevated by stones. I think because of the surface being at an incline, it allows more of a down flow for the water to run through. Since lacks in drainage, the soil itself will absorb the water or because of its incline, will allow it to flow downwards onto the actual path.
As for the space itself, I think the experience I’d want an audience to feel is one of which an ignored space can be turned into a meaningful one. In the eyes of Vhils, some of his work can be viewed as, looking at spaces that were primarily ignored and transforming them into a space that creates meaning and addressing issues, for example, gentrification and its negative impacts. Seeing this area as a space that isn’t typically seen to be as important but is only passed by daily, I think it would be a very effective to change this space and later on seeing responses and opinions of what the people who pass by this location daily. Obviously it would be a change of sight, but as they continue to pass by it over a period of time, they’ll come to a realization of the importance of what the change of space is trying to address.