-42.485, -73.764 // Site Tones

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Three sites remain in the final stretch of this light odyssey. Reflecting North across the survey collection from eleven latitudes I am reminded of the locality in which this work takes place and the subtlety with which to consider the details. Factors such as near and far topography, the cloud depth and quantity, local materials shaping reflectivity, and weather patterns condition the sun’s light as it reaches the instruments. Framing this collection then is a challenge in format and range. Shown here are four site sample images of light quality captured in the dish from sunrise to sunset. Each sample from the Southern Hemisphere can be read from left to right as time passes from morning to night with each slice taken from the same section in the center of the dish.

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overload and un-simplify

In “Les Grandes Epreuves de l’esprit” Henri Michaux states the human need “to overload and un-simplify” which Smiljan Radic refers when introducing his term dissolution construction technique and further illustrates as “unsteady joints, loose nails, oblique angles, rough measurements, splinters, fragility, oversizing, cracks, poverty.”

Valparaiso is an assemblage of dissolution construction techniques resulting in a rich collage of material and soft ambiguity of edges. Metal, wood and corrugated sheet metal are the prevalent city building materials and with portable tools are immediately modifiable, i.e. screw adds and saw edits. The following images are material examples of this directness in resolving what is at hand and one of the foundational characteristics of this city.

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References:
Radic, Smiljan, “Un Ruido Naranjo” BIArch Lecture, 2010
Michaux, Henri, “Les Grandes Epreuves de l’esprit”, Gallimard, 1966

2013 . impression of Valparaiso

Valparaiso’s Power
42 hills
Pacific Ocean
Pungent smells
Penetrating sounds
Voyeristic views
Access to industry and proximity to freight
Abrasive grounds
Precipitous edges
Concealed terrain
Earth dancing dances dance
Visceral limits
Multiple dimensions
Unavoidable lessons of force and motion
Unavoidable lessons of material connection
Unavoidable lessons of spatial negotiations

 

>> 2011 . impression of Valparaiso – Valparaiso & Victoria

sun turning corners

today I walked Valparaíso’s streets with the question, “how does the sun turn the corner?”

the discovery is a wonderful range of parts and patterns.  almost every corner lends itself to parallelograms from tapered streets, repetitive stripes from fencing or gates, and lines with knots from electrical wires above.

in a city where the streets are labyrinths and the topography is varying, sunlight is a valuable indicator to suggest that the seemingly closed pathway in front of you is in fact a connected route.

light of varying edges also speaks to an architecture of components and spaces of complexity.  with narrow streets, in comparison to lubbock, texas, these sun-striked pathways with greatly changing shadows are not just theatrical but also performative.  since the sun only enters a portion of the city streets, particular areas become concentration destinations depending on the need to warm the body or cool the body.