Assessment 1A: Photo Frame

A contemporary building with an expressive massing thanks to the use of shadows and lights
Andreas Gursky photography, taken from a birds eye view.

Throughout this project I used Andreas Gursky as my main inspiration to create my own photographs. Gursky’s photography ranges from large to small buildings with a unified point of view. His focal idea is to create a connection with his audience through his photographs through his material, structure and use. In my assignment I shot colour photographs, where I was attuned to the contemporary buildings and spaces around UTS and the Harbourside from a birds eye view. Throughout Gursky’s work he uses the technique of photographing contemporary buildings with an expressive massing with the help of perfect lighting and shadows. By analysing the way Gursky photographed his buildings, more specifically his photograph, Spectacular City in Dusseldorf, I used the birds eye view angle to take these images from the Centre Point tower. By doing so, this epitomised the elegance and the principles of modernism in contemporary buildings. By editing the images, i increased the contrast to enhance the beauty of the buildings and shadows. Through this technique the details are visible, enabling and inducing art. The city lights, complemented not only the architecture but the city, itself. As a bonus, the beautiful black sky, created an ominous view, which added mood and art to the photographs.

These images help us communicate with our surroundings as our perception of how we frame the city alternates our views. The construction and expressive massing of these contemporary buildings pleases the audience aesthetically through the composition of colours and shadows within the photographs. The element of lights enhances both building and the details, emphasising the beauty of these architectural structures, changing the perspective of how we view our surroundings.

Birds eye view from the Centre Point Tower.
A series of shots from a bird eye view angle, taken from the Centre Point Tower, situated in the city.


Assessment 1B: Film Sequence

A pan shoot of the elevation of a space
Jarmusch, Jim Down by Law(1986) Opening sequence: Pan shoot of the elevation of New Orleans.

Jim Jarmusch’s opening of his 1986 film, “Down by Law” is a montage of clips together where we can see multiple perspective of our surroundings together, enabling us to see how small clips can create stories in compressed ways which is critical in terms of how we see the world. My film is a sequence to my photographs where i explore the aspects of reflecting light through a structure which gives an expressive look on the architecture of the city.

Jim Jarmusch’s long camera angle captures the significance and also the setting of New Orleans.
Pan Shot of the Elevation of a City at night.

Through the technique of a pan shoot of the elevation of a space, I was able to capture the elegance and the principles of modernism in contemporary buildings. In Jarmusch’s film, he used a long shot camera angle to film each clip of the video, this enabled the audience to get a more specific idea of a rural setting. By analysing the way he held his camera in one position as he drove around New Orleans, I followed his technique of a long shot camera angle and filmed my video of the urban lifestyle of people residing in Sydney. Since, my setting for this film is in the city, I made sure each clip of the film focused on how the element of lights enhances the city building and the details, emphasising the beauty of these architectural structures. By using the effect of slow motion, this helps the audience to get a better view of the buildings throughout the city whilst if the clips were at a normal pace, it would be the opposite. By filming different areas of the city, it enables the audience to get a various perspective of what is around them in a distinctive style, as a consequence this can change the way we view our surroundings.

Screenshots from my 1 minute film, where the audience can see the effect light can have on a building. The light in these images enhance the details and the architecture of the building, itself. These images are taken from a long shot camera angle.


Assessment 2A: Drawing/Notation

A drawing of the city as a collection of architectural eccentricities
Atelier Bow-Wows architectural drawings helped me in developing my final work.

The drawing of the city as a collection of architectural eccentricities was a technique used to represent how we as humans interacted with our surroundings. Atelier Bow Wows works are based on the idea of “micro-public space” in which they analyse human behaviour both inside and outside of buildings. I specifically chose the Queen Victoria building as this has a profound impact on citizens residing in Sydney as it is a popular tourist attraction. In their project of Kitamoto Station Plaza their purpose was to discuss the use of public space and how citizens paid attention to their surroundings.

Section perspective from an angle of the Queen Victoria Buildiing
Section perspective from a mid angle of point of view. (Queen Victoria Building)
Birds eye view map of City.

Similarly I tried to articulate that idea into my work where I tried to show how people interact with their surroundings, I challenged the brief and tried to show how people communicate in public spaces instead of focusing on the architectural eccentricities. Their drawing of the Kitamoto Station Plaza enables the audience to get a various perspective of how people function with in a public space, similarly i tried to use that idea in my work where I used google maps as a guide to creating my own map and how people make use of the city. The section perspective gives you a closer look to how people are interacting within the space around them, as I focused on the Queen Victoria building I tried to show how busy this building can be, both on the top level and bottom level. Through this busy environment we can see how space makes you feel less neglected, this as consequence changes our perspective of public spaces and idea of architecture itself.


Assignment 2B: Model/Scale

A Sequence of colors and shapes in the space
Examples of Josef Albers’s paper works.

Within Albers practice he experiments and becomes familiar with the physical nature of the material world. In the “Preliminary course exercises at the Bauhaus” it states that Albers makes use of recycled materials, which enabled his students to “truly understand the potential use and limitations of design” (Bauhaus,Magdalena Droste(2002). Similarly by using recycled paper and cardboard I cut and folded materials to create forms that highlighted the structure of the Gallipoli mosque situated in Auburn. Albers architecture is formed by a series of shapes within a space which creates a partition from the location and the measure of time and space. By using similar techniques of creating concentric shapes with a blade, this encouraged me to look further into the principles of architecture. Josef Albers preliminary course expands our ideas and imaginations that attune us to the material we are using and how we are approaching it. By using Albers preliminary course as a guide, I experimented, mainly with paper and created different shapes and objects by cutting and folding paper. By analysing Albers theory of paper study, the idea of how a simple material such as paper loses its boring appearance only by folding and cutting influenced me to recreate a mosque i had visited in Auburn. Fascinated by the spherical domes and the architectural structure, itself, I chose to change the exterior designs of the mosque into this form of architecture. I attempted to mimic the works of Josef Albers by recreating shapes within the space.

Iteration 1:

I cut out circular shapes on cardboard paper, then lifted it up so the concentric circles intersect with each other. This helped hold each piece up, however the material was extremely hard to cut through hence why, the circles were uneven.

Iteration 2 :

In the Preliminary course taught by Josef Albers, I realised how he would create different shapes that form a tessellation. Similarly I tried to do this, I rearranged the small origami flowers to see what the outcome will be.

Iteration 3:

Since Albers’s works have fine patterns and details, I wanted to experiment and create a small pyramid like looking object that resembles the Gallipoli mosque. I incorporated the small origami flowers to create the domes of the mosque, by placing it above the object. I was not please with the outcome as the shapes of the origami flowers did not highlight the structure of the dome.

Iteration 4:

Since the bottom segment of the mosque is in the shape of a rectangle, I created a rectangular prism. I tried to use the origami flowers again as domes, this time by placing it on top of the prism. This form also didn’t highlight the structure of the pyramid.

Iteration 5:

By mimicking the Josef Albers’s creates fine cutouts, I similarly tried to create a small model where I used a blade to create patterns and shapes.

Final Work:

By combining Iteration 1, prism from iteration 4 and iteration 5, I tried to redesign the Gallipoli mosque in Auburn. I made sure each exterior design mirrored how the actual mosque looks like.


Assessment 3A: Sound Ambience

As score produced by chance encounter of unlikely sounds
30 second video of sound in the city
Work Done by John Cage

John Cage is a well known composer, philosopher and a visual artist. His works explore the idea and concept of a score produced by encounters of unlikely sounds. Through his work, he portrays the importance of raw quality of music in an ambient environment. Cage states that “chance was as important of a force governing a musical composition as the artist’s will, and allowed it to play a central role in all of his compositions” His art works are a representation of how he views and perceives sound around him. Cage’s works changed way modern audiences listened to music and appreciated their surroundings. Similarly in my work i tried to capture sound around me and collaborated it into one. These sounds were captured on the streets around UTS consisting of compressors of the trains, the rhythmic sound of when the old sydney trains arrived at the station and the beeping of the traffic light. This creates a unique sound which is formed by chance. By leaving the sounds in its original form, much like Cage’s works it shows the difference between music composed in todays society, in which most of them are altered or attuned which as a consequence creates a connection with the audience and their surroundings. In my artwork i tried to articulate the sounds, where the beeping noises are represented by the dots, the various types noises made by different parts of the train are shown through the lines.

Representation of sound through my artwork.