Task 3B: Portfolio


The technique that I have chosen to frame my photo through experimentation, exaggeration and exploration is “A contemporary building with an expressive massing thanks to the use of shadows and light”, as used by Ezra Stoller.

Figure 1.1, my photos of Buildings in the CBD, (Photo: SHARF 2016)

Contemporary is a word which means “existing or happening now” (Cambridge Dictionary 2016). Ezra Stoller’s shot of the CBS Columbia building [Figure 1.2, US Industries portfolio] is mirrored by my frames [Figure 1.1] mirrors and frames this existence through the falling of the light and shadows around the building to create a moment in time.

Figure 1.2 CBS Columbia, Long Island City NY; 8P.019

To be Expressive means to sow a particular feeling (Cambridge Dictionary 2016). Stoller’s Manufacturers Trust [Figure 1.3, Manufacturers Trust Portfolio (1956)] demonstrates expressiveness in its reflection on the water on the floor, which my shot also frames with reflection of light on the buildings.

Figure 1.3 Manufacturers Trust, New York NY, SOM, 1954, Architect; 84P.004

Shadows and light are defined as instances of darkness and brightness (Cambridge Dictionary 2016). My frame achieves a similar effect, by contrasting the brightness of the scenery with the darkness of the buildings, providing a strong focal point, which is shown in Both of Stoller’s works [Figures 2 and 3].


The Technique that I used for my film sequence was “a single static long shot that shows an atmospheric change or records movement” which was used by Andy Warhol.

Static means “to not change for a long time” (Cambridge Dictionary 2016) Looking at Warhol’s film, we can see that the camera doesn’t move very much [Figure 2.1, 485 min long single still shot], and that is matched in my film, where the camera maintains a reasonably steady shot of the entrance to the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) [Figure 2.1 & 2.2, Video of Entrance to QVB].

Figure 2.2: Storyboard of “Video of Entrance to QVB”, (Photo: SHARF 2016)

Atmospheric change and movement in this context are seen to mean “a change of position” (Cambridge Dictionary 2016) or a change in the interactions in a space. This is clearly represented in Warhol’s film [Figure 2.1 & 2.2, 485 min long single still shot], through the illumination of the light in the tower, which represents change and a new interaction with observer’s (illumination). My film mirrors this [Figure 2.3, Video of Entrance to QVB], as through the movement of people through the shot, change and movement are observed, and atmosphere is seen to be fluid and changing.

Figure 2.3: Warhol, Andy — Empire (1964) 485 min long single still shoot, viewed 7 April 2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7VYWBoqrPI>

Task 2A: Drawing/Notation

Figure 3.1: Run down building 1 (Gordon Matta-Clark 1973) (Socks Studio n.d.)
Figure 3.2: Run down building 2 (Gordon Matta-Clark 1973) (Socks Studio n.d.)

For my drawing, I have decided to reference a technique primarily used in Gordon Matta-Clark’s work (1973): “A drawing of the city as a fake estate /often overlooked elements”. To understand what is meant by “fake” estate, we first need to understand what real estate is. Real Estate is defined as “property in the form of land or buildings” (Cambridge 2016). In contrast, fake estate deals with space that is seemingly “untenable but ownable” (SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION 2016). Matta-Clark deals with the idea of ‘anarchitecture’, which were architectural works made by “sawing and carving sections out of buildings” (SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION 2016), which were usually run down properties [figures 3.1 and 3.2]. My sketch of a construction site in Central Park [figure 3.3] expands on this idea of ‘fake estate’, as is started off as a seemingly unusable area of real estate in Central park, which the government then re-purposed and sold this “often overlooked” space in central park in order to create a more purposeful building. The building in its current state is seen to embody anarchitecture as it is still under construction, with pieces missing and seemingly in chaos, which mirrors the work of Gordon Matta-Clark.

Figure 3.3: My Sketch Central Park Construction Site (Drawing: SHARF 2016)

Task 2A: Model/Scale

For my project on model/scale, I decided to tackle the models of Japanese architect Toyo Ito, with emphasis the technique of “a floating object”. The word ‘float’, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary (2016), means to “Rest or move on or near the surface of a liquid without sinking”. Examples of this are seen in Ito’s work, where the use of allowing light to pass through the glass structure of the building is used to make the object seem transparent and “floating” [figure 4.1], and the use of very bright, white lights to give the models a further translucent quality through the use of the colour white, making the space appear unbound and “floating” [figure 4.2].

Figure 4.1: Model of Sedia Mediatheque by Toyo Ito. (PHOTO: Imgur 2013)
Figure 4.2: Tower of Winds by Toyo Ito. (PHOTO: AEDESIGN 2010)

In my intermediate models, I aimed to replicate these qualities. In my first progress models [figures 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5], they deal with the concept of allowing light to pass through, giving the illusion of floating.

Figure 4.3: Iteration 1: Light Filtering Experiment 1. (Photo: SHARF 2016)
Figure 4.4: Iteration 2: Light Filtering Experiment 2. (Photo: SHARF 2016)
Figure 4.5: Iteration 3: Light Filtering Experiment 3. (Photo: SHARF 2016)

My second set of progress models [figures 4.6 and 4.7] deal with the use of columns to give the illusion of floating.

Figure 4.6: Iteration 4: Columns to imitate floating Experiment 1. (Photo: SHARF 2016)
Figure 4.7: Iteration 5: Columns to imitate floating Experiment 2. (Photo: SHARF 2016)

My final model [figure 4.8] combines both of these aspects, displaying a structure with filtered light, abstract columns, which together give the impression of “floating”.

Figure 4.8: Final Model using colour, light, and columns to imitate floating. (Photo: SHARF 2016)

Assessment 3A Sound/Ambience

This week, I analysed the technique of “an orchestra playing in the traffic”, as outlined by Karlheinz Stockhausen’s , Helicopter String Quartet (1995). ‘Orchestra’, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary (2016) is “A group of instrumentalists playing classical music.” Traffic is defined as “Dealings or communication between people” (Oxford 2016). Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet [figure 5.1] was achieved though the mixing of the sound of propeller blades, string instruments and the wind to add an additional harmony to the initial orchestra. (Dangeroud Minds, n.d.).

Figure 5.1: Helikopter-Streichquartett by Karlheinz Stockhausen 1995

For Iteration 1 I recorded the sound of traffic and mixed it with the orchestral arrangement, “The Hall of the Mountain King” [figure 5.2].

I then decided the drone of the wind added an additional harmony to the piece, so I re-recorded the droning and remixed it with “Hall of the Mountain King” [figure 5.3].

In this final, the wind forms a harmony with the orchestra, which drew inspiration from the harmonies in Helicopter String Quartet.

My final image visually represents this concept [figure 5.4]. The dotted black line represents the wind, and the curvy line represents the “Hall of the mountain king’, in segments. The red arrow represents the range of pitch, and the grid represents each segment of the song.

Figure 5.4: Visual Representaiton (Photo: SHARF 2016)

Reference List:

  1. AEWorldMap 2010, Tower of Winds — Yokohama, Japan » torre-dei-venti_1_526, accessed 21 May 2016, <https://aedesign.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/tower-of-winds-yokohama-japan/torre-dei-venti_1_526/>.
  2. Cambridge Dictionaries Online 2016, contemporary, Cambridge, viewed 24 March 2016, <http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/contemporary>.
  3. Cambridge Dictionaries Online 2016, expressive, Cambridge, viewed 24 March 2016, <http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/expressive>.
  4. Cambridge Dictionaries Online 2016, light, Cambridge, viewed 24 March 2016, <http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/light>.
  5. Cambridge Dictionaries Online 2016, movement, Cambridge, viewed 6 April 2016, <http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/movement>.
  6. Cambridge Dictionaries Online 2016, real estate, Cambridge, viewed 28 April 2016, <http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/real-estate>
  7. Cambridge Dictionaries Online 2016, shadows, Cambridge, viewed 24 March 2016, <http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/shadows>.
  8. Cambridge Dictionaries Online 2016, static, Cambridge, viewed 6 April 2016, <http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/static>.
  9. Dangerous Minds n.d., Stockhausen’s audacious ‘Helicopter String Quartet’, viewed 26 May 2016, <http://dangerousminds.net/comments/stockhausens_audacious_helicopter_string_quartet>.
  10. Ezra Stoller No Year Given, Portfolio, viewed 24 March 2016, <http://ezrastoller.com/portfolio>.
  11. Ezra Stoller No Year Given, Manufactuers Trust, Esto, No publication place given.
  12. Ezra Stoller No Year Given, US Industries, Esto, No publication place given.
  13. Hall of the Mountatin King 1876, audio, Edvard Grieg, Norway.
  14. Helikopter-Streichquartett 1995, video, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Germany.
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  17. Oxford Dictionaries 2016, Orchestra, viewed 21 May 2016, <http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/orchestra>.
  18. Oxford Dictionaries 2016, Traffic, viewed 21 May 2016, <http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/traffic>.
  19. Socks Studio n.d., Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Reality Properties: Fake Estates” (1973), viewed 28 April 2016, <http://socks-studio.com/2014/10/22/gordon-matta-clarks-reality-properties-fake-estates-1973/>
  20. THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION 2016, Gordon Matta-Clark, viewed 28 April 2016, <http://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/gordon-matta-clark>
  21. THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION 2016,Reality Properties: Fake Estates, Little Alley Block 2497, Lot 42, viewed 28 April 2016, <http://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/5210>
  22. Warhol, Andy — Empire (1964) 485 min long single still shoot, viewed 7 April 2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7VYWBoqrPI>.
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