The time that followed our thesis show was more restless than expected. It is difficult to make a sudden transition out of “production mode.” Wanting to assign some sort of purpose to my fidgeting, I contacted a colleague, Rachel Janzen, with an idea for a type of airborne experiment inspired by her thesis project. We were interested in virtually appropriating space via the superimposition of media, specifically audio broadcasts. The architectural relevance of such an idea is the possibility of an infrastructure with the potential to allow members of the general public to express themselves on the architectural scale, even if the architecturally-scaled space is defined only by effects of lesser physical systems (i.e., “space” is bound by perceptions of a common media experience). At any rate, we decided to have some fun with the means of media delivery.
Earlier in the academic quarter, we had experimented with the construction and flight of small kites fabricated from scrap materials. Launched from the rooftop of Building 05 and provided with the prevailing winds on campus, these kites would achieve a steady flight over the populated “Dexter Lawn.” It then occurred to us that these kites could be utilized to hold an array of small speakers aloft over the lawn, permitting broadcasts to the student body. It became our goal to complete an airborne platform for the delivery of appropriated audio-media. Our efforts are still underway, but here is a documentation of our ambitions and progress.
text and images by Joseph Varholick
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