Project No. 1a: Philip Glass - Floe

Project 1a - Philip Glass - Floe
The Cultural Artifact as Generative Structure

“the diagram is introduced as a form of notation. Initiating thought process by means of drawing, the technique of diagramming act(s) as a performative rather than a representational device. It is used as an abstract analytical tool to be invested in the making of a work.”

Mar Angelil
Swiss Federal Institute, Zurich
Through a series of exercises we will be exploring how certain cultural artifacts can be spatial generators. Through the use of both drawing and model we will analyze systems and structures that construct these artifacts. A secondary objective to this project is an exploration of materials so you will be asked to explore your solutions using one material per analysis and explore varying scales and variations of that material.

Step A
  • Listen to the music “floe” by Philip Glass. Create a notational mapping of the music.
  • Media: pencil on vellum, 24”x36” portrait format, drawing boundaries 18”x18” centered.

Step B

  • Translate a section of the mapping (4”x8”) and double the scale (8”x16”). Redraw this section onto a new piece of vellum. Using colored vellum (i.e. dark green, light green yellow; variants of a color) diagram the main spatial moves of the composition: primary, secondary, and tertiary.
Step C

  • Translate the enlarge composition into a three dimensional construction, this will be a subtractive process, still maintaining the original intent of the mapping diagram.
  • Media: process model, chipboard; 8”x16”x4”


ARC 2303

Valencia Community College – West Campus – Orlando, FL – Fall 2010

this is a preliminary model made out of cardboard - the final will be out of chipboard

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