Lian (Harvard GSD M.Arch.I)

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    Thesis: unaccomplished performances (video)

    Lian Chikako Chang Sep 21 '12 3

    Hi Archinect!

    I’m in thesis this semester in the M.Arch.I program, and am being advised by my studio critic from first (!) semester, Danielle Etzler, as well as K. Michael Hays. We kicked off the semester with a pin-up in the first week of September, and a desk crit this past Monday. The working title of the project is “unaccomplished performances.” I’m starting with the question: what do we mean when we talk about performance in architecture? As David Leatherbarrow writes, is this the kind of performance that we get out of a machine—like the efficiency of an engine—or is it the kind of performance that we watch unfold on a stage?

    You can read my initial thoughts on this topic here, but for now, I wanted to share two videos, which are the first things I’ve produced this semester: a time-lapse showing a process of inhabitation, and a stop-motion animated charcoal drawing based on it. Very much a work in progress, but that’s what this semester will be about.

    Thanks for reading!


    unaccomplished performance - time lapse
    unaccomplished performance - charcoal dawn


    • ubu loca
      Sep 21, 12 9:26 pm

      good luck with the thesis Lian!  The William Kentridge drawings are great.

      Lian Chikako Chang
      Sep 22, 12 9:16 am

      Thanks, ubu! I really appreciate it!

      Sep 23, 12 11:33 pm

      I'm in the middle of writing an article and the issue of performance is one of the topics of my research.  If you don't already have it in your working bibliography, i recommend The Well Tempered environment by Reyner Banham - this whole book is an argument to lack of heed first wave modernism paid to the performance of their buildings, furniture, fixtures - Gropius, Corb....or the limited extent to which they actually pursued the idea of architecture as a machine.  Although, they were interested in figuring out how the machine aesthetic might lend itself to better performance in terms of erection for mass production.      

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