Film and the experience of space. A project that designed to develop students’ ability to articulate the experience of space
'Building with Light:' Based on contextual and historical research on the Foundry Gallery in Lewes, we asked students to produce a film event that described a changing atmosphere. We were not asking them to produce a narrative, but to make a site-specific film that enabled an experience of a spatial-temporal event.
The studio project ‘Building with Light’ was a set up to encourage Interior Architecture students to explore the spaces they were proposing, at a large scale, and to give them the opportunity to experiment with representations of space as a temporal entity. We exploited readily available digital capture, recording and playback equipment so we could quickly film, animate, record sound, mix or edit, and project into the actual space they were working on.
From survey drawings and more subjective interpretations of the old steel foundry we produced ‘stage sets’ at 1:25 that were used to film the eventual animation. As part of this process we produced mechanisms and gadgets that aided the filming process. This equipment included mechanisms that move the set, the camera, the lights and any necessary props.
Scale and digital models were used to design a spatial performance incorporating film, slide projectors, data projectors, stage lights, light boxes and an articulated set to facilitate changes during the course of the event.
A selection of six of the final models, films and drawings were exhibited in September 2009 at the Foundry Gallery in Lewes.
The project was run in collaboration with:
Students exhibiting at the Foundry Gallery: