Spatial Design Studio II SEM 2, 2020

Amy Cherguit

PART ONE: Everybody in the Place

Week 1

Design Workshop 1

21.07.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Today in class we were introduced to the concept of “Everybody in the Place”, centring on exploring and investigating the space through qualities and aesthetics, as well as interactions within the space. This creating the understanding and recognising how the spaces are altered and changed, with the effect of interactions in the space. This creating a new atmosphere and context in the space. – How do the experiences and situations that happen in these spaces, relate and become part of the space without existing within the space.

For this project I will be focusing on how social relationship change within the space, as well as the experience of the space itself.

Week 1

Research

22.07.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

A5 Social Space Collage

For Thursdays lesson I had to chose 3 social spaces, and assign each site 2-3 words from the list on the paper guide. Then take down notes and images for each chosen space, and use my research to create an A5 collage for each site.

What is a social space?

I originally thought a social space were just large public areas where people could meet and hangout, without payments. Like malls, parks, streets. I than explored further with understanding how a social space is an area where interactions occur socially. Certain rooms, parks, clubs, walkways, and an elevator.

My chosen spaces:

I then took images of each space, of my interaction and others interaction socially, and how this interaction effects the space itself.

Ballet Studio

Cafe

Lounge

Final Social Space Collages

Ballet Studio Collage
Cafe Collage
Lounge Collage

Week 1

Design Workshop 2

23.07.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

For todays lesson we talked about and explored our individual A5 site collages. We places our collages next to the word that was most fitting to the site.

It was interesting because some words had the collages lying messily around the table and covering the words themselves , whereas some words had a structure with their layout.

These are the tables to where I placed my collages referring to the allocated words.

What is a document

We then had a group discussion at our tables as to what is a document, with our collages being a document of a social space. A recurring word that we used to describe a document was evidence; proof, marking, recording with inhabiting a moment. We then went on to elaborating different kinds of evidence/proof with describing how a document is tangible and intangible, being physical/clear to the eye.

Our definition of a document
Group Brainstorm

During todays lesson we also went over the brief for Part One, in this project. For this project I have to select a social space, which I will have to observe and participate in, with gathering information and documents over a couple of weeks. In this location I will observe all of the interactions and experiences that happen and occur, as well as replicating the feeling and atmosphere that is created in the space, what it’s purpose ?

I have to document my observations in various ways- drawings, diagrams, writing, sound, smell, photo, collage, materiality. With collecting 50+ documentations by the end of the project, Part One.

Week 1

Research

25.07.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Today I worked on the work that I needed to have finished for Tuesday lesson.

I had to select a social space to observe/participate, and visit+couples with 2 or more words from the list in the paper guide. I sat in my chosen social space for an hour and noted down and made a list of the things I observed in the space.

I decided that I wanted to further explore my Dad’s cafe “Little Algeris” for my social space. The words that I will use to describe the space are:

  • Eating
  • Relaxing
  • Exchange

Notes from observing the space:

People Interacting with the Space

Interior

Exterior

Week 1

Research

26.07.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Today I read Georges Perec text “Species of Space and Other Pieces, ad began to understand how to explore and observe space. So I went back to the cafe “Little Algeris” and took more notes.

  • Focusing on how people interact with the space
  • Aspects of interior
  • Contrast of the exterior
  • Details

Gravitational Pull 100 word Description:

For my first part of my studio brief, I have decided to work with my Dads Cafe “Little Algeris” as my chosen space/area. I chose this space with the cafe being a representation of my home country, Algeria, Africa. The space is filled with culture, history, heritage, and memories; contrasting with the surrounding modern world within its sitting place. The connection I feel with this space, becomes a connection of joy and memory, with remember my bond and family with my home country. I’m interested in the reactions and relationships that are formed and created within the space, with the inhabitants varying in ethnicities, beliefs and experiences; creating a different response and experience for each. I wonder how each passer feels a connection to the space? What triggers this connection?
This atmosphere creates exchange, eating and relaxing in the space, between the connections of the customers to the area, each other and my dad (Staff).

Week 2

Design Workshop 3

28.07.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

During todays lesson I was introduced to the process and exploration of a “intuitive map”, which I will use to visualise my relationship with the space. I created a intuitive map, which expressed focus points of my social space, of my Dad’s cafe. This map also expresses how I situate myself in the space.

Intuitive Map:

The main idea behind my map is the location/purpose of my location, which is a cafe, which is why the set up is a cup pouring out coffee, and the drops holding my observations of the space. The map portrays the concepts of exchanging the illustration of conversation and different languages spoken within the space, eating- through drawings of coffee, relaxing- depicting guests relaxing, culture+history+tradition- through illustrating memories of my home town in Algeria, which refer to the atmosphere and culture of the space.

I then wrote around 150 words to locate myself in relation to my social space, with using my map as a guide.

150 word statement

For my first part of my studio brief, I have decided to work with my Dads Cafe “Little Algeris” as my chosen space/area. I chose this space with the cafe being a representation of my home country, Algeria, Africa. The space is filled with culture, history, heritage, and memories; contrasting with the surrounding modern world within its sitting place. The connection I feel with this space, becomes a connection of joy and memory, with remember my bond and family with my home country. I am interested in the reactions and relationships that are formed and created within the space, with the inhabitants varying in ethnicities, beliefs and experiences; creating a different response and experience for each. I wonder how each passer feels a connection to the space? What triggers this connection?
This atmosphere creates exchange, eating and relaxing in the space, between the connections of the customers to the area, each other and my Dad (Staff).

Week 2

Design Workshop 4

30.07.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

During todays lesson I discussed my intuitive map and 150 word’s to my group, and had feedback and points on my relations to the space. Lucy also discussed Rirkrit Tirivanija’s work Free and The Map of the Land of Feeling. Rachel then explored through her brownies what it takes toset up a table, and how we use certain tools to cut a brownie. I then had a chance to at some of Lucys documentation, to find and figure out possible layouts for my submission.

Model Making

I then made a series of 6 material sketches that were inspired by words that I paired together, which describe my relationship and connection to my social space.

1. I extracted 12 words from my intuitive map, choose words which feel like they might be key for this site: Memories of home, Culture, Communication, Exchanging, Hand gestures, Stressed movements, Eating, Hosting, Relaxing, Personal space, Strong smells of coffee.
2. I then wrote the words in the boxes in the sheet provided, one word per box. 
3. I then cut up sheet into ‘cards’
4. Dealt all of my “cards” into 6 pairs. This creating two-word relationships. I used these two-word relationships to make small sculptures that I think through the pairing materially, in relation to what you’ve observed in your site.

Culture+History

I created a similar shaping to a traditional Algerian pattern that appears inside of the site.

Exchanging+Hand Gestures

The travelling wire depicts the dancing movements of the hand gesture, with having the brown paper exchanging through one side of the wire to the other, like the exchanging of conversation.

Hosting+Relaxing

The silver mesh wire depicts the hosting aspect, with being welcoming for multiple materials, that can easily travel through it.

Memories of Home+Communication

The free moving and traveling shaping depicts my relation of memories on the other side of the world, with the tissue communicating through the shaping.

Stressed Movements+Eating

Inspired the chaotic and messy overlapped lines- portraying the chefs movements. The circular shaping portraying the shape of a plate.

Strong Smells of Coffee+Personal Space

The enclosed coffee cup creates personal space inside of the model, as well as the tissue paper travelling through the space, similar to the scent of coffee beans.

Week 3

Design Workshop 5

04.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

During todays lesson we began with having a group discussion at our tables about our intuitive maps, and written statements with each other. I really enjoyed this activity with finding it really helpful and interesting to see others ideas and perspectives, within their own sites. Everyones maps had their own style and ideas with considering the key moments and qualities of their storys shown in their maps.

Intuitive Map

150 Word Statement

For my chosen space, I have selected my Dad’s cafe located on Quay Road, “Little Algeris”. This space is filled and submerged with history, tradition, heritage, colour, and patterns; attracting and engaging with the public. I relate myself and practice to the surrounding space, with the depiction of the scene being an illustration of my home town in Algeria, through the patterning, antiques and colours triggering memories and joy, creating a gravitational pull towards the space.
A main theme in the space that I hold concerning the space, would be relaxing. The space creates a warm and significant blanket of memories, relating and remembering my heritage and history that I cannot physically embrace.
The place is upheld for eating and drinking, serving all-day for passers, and inhabitants, creating space for movement of eating and drinking.
A central concept of the space is exchanging; the exchange of several languages, looks, movements and joy. The secluded space is hosting and welcoming for everyone of every culture, with my Dad speaking seven languages, he can cater to various people. Having an intimate and memorable experience for everyone.
The overall atmosphere of the space pulls me, with the scent of coffee and jazz music dancing throughout the colours and history; creating a small world with the urban Quay Road.

I then discussed 10 the documents that I brought in relation to my space, to describe the gravitational pull that I feel towards the space.

Documents

My selection of documents were all based off what reminds me and connects me back to my home country in Algeria, within the space of my Dad’s cafe, “Little Algeria”. So I either documented (drawn,photographed, collected) these works from the space physically or produced them myself.

Statment– For my chosen space, I have selected my Dad’s cafe located on Quay Road, “Little Algeris”. This space is filled and submerged with history, tradition, heritage, colour, and patterns; attracting and engaging with the public. I relate myself and practice to the surrounding space, with the depiction of the scene being an illustration of my home town in Algeria, through the patterning, antiques and colours triggering memories and joy, creating a gravitational pull towards the space.
A main theme in the space that I hold concerning the space, would be relaxing. The space creates a warm and significant blanket of memories, relating and remembering my heritage and history that I cannot physically embrace.
The place is upheld for eating and drinking, serving all-day for passers, and inhabitants, creating space for movement of eating and drinking.
A central concept of the space is exchanging; the exchange of several languages, looks, movements and joy. The secluded space is hosting and welcoming for everyone of every culture, with my Dad speaking seven languages, he can cater to various people. Having an intimate and memorable experience for everyone.
The overall atmosphere of the space pulls me, with the scent of coffee and jazz music dancing throughout the colours and history; creating a small world with the urban Quay Road.

From this discussion we decided to create some rules/guidelines to follow for the discussion:

  • Site context
  • Creative exploration (different media use)
  • Reading/researching to inform
  • Design process+documentation
  • Conceptual intentions- key words linking to the site

These guides lines were made just to help us with talking points of discussion whilst explaining our documents, as well as to help the others figure out what is missing so far in the project.

My Feedback:

  • That my concept and documents come across as sentimental
  • Possibility with playing with sound and music
  • It is located so close by, but brings me across the world
  • Play with the music more-record
  • Collages
  • Food? what to play with it
  • Interactions remind me of home
  • Cut out CDs- music sheets
  • Play with different surfaces
  • Occupying effects the space itself

After class today I went to my Dad’s cafe and decided to capture more moments and qualities that remind me and bring me joy of Algeria. I began to take images of these significant moments, as well as recording aspects of sound that create the rustic atmosphere.

These are some recording of sounds, which create a stronger feeling of what the atmosphere of the space is like, how social interactions within the space, alter and change this location.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wels_VMQ-6zs-dpfSpXVUzjk9tNHARyr/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/185fF2QO8et7F_Op2TvV0McmqUJYuhgq3/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1apd3AL9Yrz2e4xI73geIuf2yjZel_H0q/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1piALRe-x4D9Z3fy0Bh8uAOlyh__8ao7r/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/14rOwhBWToYfk7k9ZP4NU3kexnCCsFFmI/viewhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/14rOwhBWToYfk7k9ZP4NU3kexnCCsFFmI/view

Week 3

Research

05.08.20

PROJECT 1: Observing/Participating

Today I decided that I wanted to play around and apply my feedback from my presentation. So I decided to experiment with the smell aspect of the space further, and relate it into my history and tradition.

So I began to figure-out what the scent of the place is coffee, obviously. I decided to play around and make paint out of coffee.

So I began to find inspiration of how I can incorporate coffee into my design and decided to explore my history and memories through spilling and movement of the liquid. I created all of these images out of coffee mixed with hot water.

First I produced this image of the surface that surrounds the space, to depict the atmosphere and vibes of the cafe, to really locate the space.

This pattern is displayed throughout the space, with also being back in my home in Algeria.

This context map locates my space for the viewers.

This work is an observation of a customer interacting with the space, through the movement of their coffee cup on the table throughout their passing stay in the space.

This painting is made out of coffee and depicts the memories and emotions pouring out of the cup, like a reflection. To tie the work even more to my culture I placed an traditional Algeria necklace along the works neck line.

I really enjoyed working with this medium, it looks really cool, as well as smell just like my space. I think this material also creates a rustic and old look similar to my space, and Algeria.

Week 3

Design Workshop 6

06.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

During todays lesson I brought my best 5 documents and my brief, to share with the class, and receive and give feedback. During this exercise I received a lot of feedback and constructive criticism, from these notes I can further develop my ideas and documents, to have a stronger concept and can describe my gravitational pull better to the social space.

I couldn’t decide my top 5 works so I brought these 7 documents to layout and receive feedback from. With these documents I was looking at the concept of triggering my relations in Algeria from this space.

Spilt coffee silhouette: This painting is made out of coffee and depicts the memories and emotions pouring out of the cup, like a reflection. To tie the work even more to my culture I placed an traditional Algeria necklace along the works neck line.

Coffee marks: This work is an observation of a customer interacting with the space, through the movement of their coffee cup on the table throughout their passing stay in the space.

Brick painting: This is a depiction of the surface that holds up the space, through the creation of coffee, this walling reminds me of atmosphere of Algeria itself, since it is a third world country a lot of buildings are brick.

Algerian pattern: This pattern is displayed throughout the space, with also being back in my home in Algeria.

Home images: I decided to display these home images, that bring in the atmosphere and memorable aspect of Algeria that I feel, for the viewers, and allow them to see Algeria through my perspective.

Image: This image captures Algerian antiques that bask in the sunlight of the space, capturing glances from customers.

Context map: This context map, locates the space within Auckland, displaying the gateway to my home in another location, then its origin.

My Feedback:

Feedback I will develop:

From this session I have learnt that with my statement and documents that my concept of a space that creates a memorable and traditional atmosphere is very clear to the viewers, and that my project is special and intimate to me. From this session I am going to play further with working with the coffee medium, since it brings in aspects of smell. To further develop my concept I am going to depict how people socially interact in the space, with observing interactions and conversations between people and the space, what happens to the space with these interactions. I am also going to get input from my Dad, since he is my strongest connection to Algeria, with him annotating and translating moments in his cafe. I want to depict my personal relationship and connection with the social space.

Week 3

Research

07.08.20-10.08.20

PROJECT 1: Observing/Participating

During these couple of days created and finalised m observations and documents for my hand in on Tuesday. Developed my ideas further with integrating my feedback from Thursday session as well as new ideas/inspiration.

I began looking and exploring inspiration of how I could present my observations, on the class blog and Pinterest.

This is my brainstorm of ideas of all of my documents, that describe my social space, and best represent my relationship with the space.

Part One Hand In

Statment

My Final 50+ Documents

1- This image has the quote “Connection to my far away home” on my Dad’s sign, setting up the space, as a gate-way to my special world.

2- Collage of the first looks and glances of the space, the exterior and interior overview, how the space appears visually without focus.

3- This painting shows the separation between”Little Algeris” and “Actual Algeria”, but the connection and relationship of the space feels like I am on the other side of the world.

4- This context map locates my space in this urban modern city.

5- These collages are depictions of the tradition and history that is absorbed within the space, all of these moments create interactions between customers and the space with their questions and glances.

6- This painting is made out of coffee and depicts the memories and emotions pouring out of the cup, like a reflection. To tie the work even more to my culture I placed an traditional Algeria necklace along the works neck line.

7- These are my Dad’s favourite albums to play in the space, which sets the atmosphere and story of the space.

8- Captures the attention of the paintings and antiques of the public passing by.

9- This a book of annotations made by my Dad, with images from Algeria. So the old and historical value of the country can be seen in the space, through another ALgerian’s perspective.

10- Key qualities of the social space, EATING, RELAXING, EXCHANGE.

11-Observations of a customer interacting with the space, through the movement of their coffee cup on the table throughout their passing stay in the space.

12, 13- These are coffee and tea bags which I created with watercolour and tags from tea bags. I designed the bags to have patterns and images that are seen within the space.

14- Notes of observations in the space.

15- This collage is a depiction of sound (music) thats dances throughout the space, and creates the agrestic feel of the space.

16- This is a painting of pots from my Grandad in Algeria, that hang along the walls of the cafe, to bring in qualities of home and family into the space. This moment refers me back to Algeria, reminding me of my family.

17, 18, 19- These three collections of images refer the space back to it’s heritage and history of Algeria, and create the historical and rust feel of the space. These images are home photos from Algeria of my family. Allowing the viewers to see Algeria through my perspective.

20- Photograph between exchanges in the space, of conversation and glances.

21, 22, 23, 24, 25- These five works are observations of conversations between staff and customers, and between customers, showing the different languages and conversations spoken.

26, 27- These two coffee paintings show the connection between the space and my home city, with the scent and smell of the atmosphere connecting me to my memories.

28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33- These six images are captures of antique that sit within the space, which remind me and trigger memories of my home, with holding special meaning and happiness.

34- This painting of coffee is a depiction of the surface that surrounds the space, to depict the atmosphere and vibes of the cafe, to really locate the space.

35- This is an observation of the common languages spoken and heard within the space.

36- I this image is created out of coffee and watercolour, it’s a reflection of myself back in Algeria, showing the connection that the atmosphere reminds me of my home.

37- Collage of conversations and exchanges between customers and the staff (my Dad).

38- This painting made out of coffee is a depiction of the surface that surrounds the space, to portray the atmosphere and vibes of the cafe, to really locate the space, in relation to Algeria.

39- This packet of paper reminds me a lot of my Grandad, and is found almost any where in Algeria.

40- Observation of the stressed and fast moments performed by my Dad whilst working.

41, 42, 43- These three images capture moments of memories and qualities that tie the space back to its history.

44- This is a drawing of a Algerian jug displayed in the space.

45- This drawing is a illustration of the steam from the coffee creating images of me hugging my family, creating imaginative stories.

46- These are the peak hours of business in the space.

47, 48- These diagrams portray the contrast between the movement of customers and staff.

49, 50- These two images show the movement of smell and sound, with the movement of the scent of coffee, and the movement of music that dances around the space.

51, 52, 53, 54- These images are overviews and glances of the space as a cafe- which is how strangers will see it, without knowing its history.

55- These are the common words used in the space in French, chef, coffee, culture, conversation and memories.

56, 57- These two models show the movement of steam from the coffee cup and the plate of food.

58- This a contrast between the clean menus at the start of the day, and the dirty coffee soaked menus at the end of the day- depicting the movement of customers throughout their stay.

59- This image of a statue that is in my Grandad’s house back home.

60, 61- These two observations show the most popular orders of drinks and food throughout the day.

Week 4

Design Workshop 7

11.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Todays lesson was my hand in for Part One as well as a feedback session for all of the documents I had produced so far this semester. I was very happy with all of the work that I produced throughout this semester. I really enjoyed the feedback session with reviving a lot of feedback of how clear my relation to my social space was, and possible ideas for further development.

PART TWO: Modulating an already existing Social Space

Week 5

Design Workshop 9

18.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Online Learning

Todays lesson was the first lesson online since the start of lock down, which should be interesting this semester. First we went over some of the changes to the semester and the brief regarding PART TWO of the project, and how to work around these changes at home.

During this lesson we were introduced to the concept of “Working With What You’ve Got” which being very apparent in everyones situations right now. This document focuses on different groups of people in their creative practises, answering questions about how they deal with working in these types of conditions. I then have to relate and identify myself with one of these individuals, with their working and thinking styles and process, and then possibly adapt some new techniques and routines to my methods of work.

Can identify someone in the document whose philosophy/methods of working/creative approach has resonance with you?

Abby Cunnanes:

  • I am going to apply her advise that she gave, which is really helpful to see that, when she gets frustrated and has a block, that taking a break and mental rest will help. As well as following a strict routine to help order and productivity.- I am going to apply this advise and take a break when I can longer get work done, quality over quantity.

Olivia Webb

  • I relate to Olivia’s process and routine of discipline, working at the right of day for you, that best suites your productivity; marking this time out and sticking to it- I think this process would keep me on track will of my work, with possibly planning out my day with a diary, this way I won’t get stressed and tired from working on the same thing for hours, and some work having little to no time worked on it.
  • I think I also want to try her tip of leaving some work to finish the next day to have a nice and complete start, I think would help my drive and confidence for the rest of the day, knowing I have I ready completed something off my metal list.

I think from reading all of these artist tips and advice that having a routine and set of breaks, that my work flow will be smooth, and less risk of stress and bored. This will set out in front of me, what I have to complete by the end of each day, visually portraying my day.

We then finished off the lesson with discussing about the possible inventories on what we have surrounding us that can help (impact) our thinking, designing and making. I then created a list of what I have available and what I can use to design, think, create, draw-mainly material wise, where can I find it in my house.

Week 5

Design Workshop 10

20.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

With todays lesson we began the session by sharing and collaborating our inventory lists which detail our variety of materials, spaces, process, and methods that are available to us at the moment. This exercise is very useful and apparent in everyones situations with being in lockdown and having limited access to materials and resources.

When then a context talk by Rachel about rationing and how it is apparent now and throughout and history. Then followed the discussion how we can use parameters and limitation to shape and explore our outcomes in innovative and creative ways.

When then began to explore and consider the idea of proposals, and how to propose or present and concept- what are some different ways to complete this process. We discussed the different approaches and methods to use for our proposal documents.

Rachel’s Context Talks:

Lucy’s Context Talk:

What is a Proposal:

Laying out the Map

Setting your own parameters: Within the brief I should be setting my own “parameters“- with my written statement being a map with reading my work.

Parameter: A numerical or other measurable factor forming one of a set that defines a system or sets the conditions of its operation. A limit or boundary which defines the scope of a particular process or activity.-classify/define the space.

Did something come out of the documentation that might drive these proposals? 

The culture and history of the space I think could be a fun concept to play with- This has the ability to engage different reactions and emotions within the space, as well as creating a different experience for each, depending on how comfortable they would feel. Movement within the space is another concept that I could play with; with the different movement patterns and attack of the movements for each. The difference between customers individually as well as the staff. Another proposal could possibly explore conversation and dialogue within the space, the space accommodates too many different languages and cultures. The subconscious rules and guidelines that people follow with the space as well as similar spaces (cafe).

Any hunches, intuitions, gravitational pulls? 

Through my different designs and documents I have recognised that my space causes and engages different physiological experiences of emotion through colour, symbolism, interaction, and surrounding social impacts. My gravitational pull towards the space is engaged with the space’s qualities of tradition, culture and history triggering different memories and emotions of my home town in Algeria. – Personal experience and reflection.

Culture, history, tradition- within the space creates different reactions a experience individually.

Has something emerged from the documentation of others, that might shift the direction of the project?

I think from looking at other class mates works I think I want to possibly explore interactions and interferences of people within the space, instead of just basing my work on my own personal experiences and observations. Take in other manners and thoughts, how does their body language alter within the space, what tiggers these reactions?

I think I could possibly explore further with the concept of colour.

Do you want to extend social activity that occurs, or introduce? 

Since the culture and history are such a pivotal role in the space from my personal experience, I could introduce activities of how people will react and interact in the space, how this changes their experience

Could play with: sound (conversation, music), taste (food), vision ( physical qualities).

Are there connections between these ideas and the materials in your Inventory?

Write yourself some new parameters — these can be some written text, notes, a diagram, a map. Whatever it is, be specific and be detailed

In addition, assemble some ‘like-minded’ projects/practices/practitioners/readings around your ‘hunches’.

To interact with cultural aspects of the space-intervention

Rules of a Cafe

Week 5

Research

22.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Design Proposal Research

Allotted Breaks-Public Share

This intervention was explored and took place during a tea session at the Engaging Publics/Public Engagement symposium, Auckland Art Gallery, 13th September 2014. Using clay from Auckland’s SH16 Northwestern motorway construction site in Te Atatu, a collection of plates were produced for the symposium, which were used to serve morning tea- as well as for the 110 symposium participants to take away.

https://publicshare.co.nz?allotted-breaks/

What I like about this intervention that it uses existing materials from the site, instead of finding additional materials. With my site I am planning to use existing patterns and colours from the site, and items that are located at the site as well. Instead of being able to take something physically away from the site, I want the inhabitants to be able to take something away from the intervention- memory, knowledge, further understanding.

Public Intervention Lima-Flesh experiences Festival

This interventions was displayed at the festival “Experiencias de la carne” Lima, Peru. This artwork was a public intervention that explored concepts of spaces, displacement and memory at Lima and Huaraz. The placement of each sign was around the streets of Lima catching stares from passing people of the space. Each of these texts saying different words and statments creates different reactions and emotions from the passers. This intervention also changes the rules and regulations of the space, with assuming people would normally walk fast without eye contact or any interaction. But this small placement of work will change the space the experience the space holds, with making people slow down and look at the work, stop and read the text, engage and interact with others comparing and contrasting their reactions.

Some of the translations from these works are:

  • I don’t have a bit of Spanish blood, at all
  • And sometimes the soul sees
  • Serenity
  • Here now passes from future children, body spirit, respect relocation, hold back, hope

What this work does is it engages a response from the experience created in the space, with in this case by telling secretes and thoughts of residents of Lima “I don’t have a bit of Spanish blood, at all”. This little works create a massive difference with the space with allowing the area to be seen and experienced differently, with now knowing some people don’t have any blood relation to the space. It also disrupts the space by creating new rules and boundaries, which is what I want to do in my space. With telling little secretes of culture and tradition, and as reaction create new rules and regulations in the space, like possibly sitting with a stranger even though there are free tables, to spark up contrasting conversations.

http://www.jonirigoyen.com/filter/artist/Flesh-experiences-Festival

Public Art 2666

This artwork by Alfredo Jaar seeks to explore and investigate the interaction between the public domain and contemporary artists practices by displaying the work in a site where the concept can compared and contrasted between others. The work was utilised to understand how the local public spaces are responding to global discourse/communication and what insights can be observed can be gained from the artworks role within the specific area. The work becomes a collaboration between the intervention and the public, with a sense of negotiation between all the factors that interact with a public space. The work is a reflection of the spaces site (context), with emphasising it’s surrounding communities, making the site contextually understood.

“Culture Makes Italy Fly”

I would like to incorporate this process and concept of having a intervention artwork or signing, that explains and details about the site; the history and culture. With the main gravitational pull to my space is it’s tradition and culture, I want my intervention to further elaborate on this idea, to explain to the miss-informed individuals. I think that if people understood the space in a greater depth with the context of the site, the way they interact with the space and experience the space would become completely different.

This works concept also lies around bringing greater understanding and context to the space and the surrounding space, which in this incase is all of Italy. I want to to do that in my intervention is to show history and understanding of the space for the inhabitants, and create a whole new experience and understanding, causing them to interact with the space differently.

https://flash—art.com/2020/05/public-art-2666-an-introduction/

Huellas Artes-100architects highlights infrastructure of Santiago

This work explores the movement of Santiago, with painting their urban footprints, through a series of pathways. This work was fuelled culturally through the diverse range of citizens and visitors that pass through the Artes Metro Station, in an highly cultural area. These footprints creates an environment and parameters subconsciously with the pathways creating restraints on the city, making new pathways of movement.

This work further allows the people to interact and engage with the environment in a new way, that will also space up interaction between each other. With either crossing pathways or following each other.

an architectural intervention that proposes a new-use scene in a fully unclosed outdoor space. it is a sign or trace that recognises spontaneous functions performed there daily and expressed it graphically, complementing them with new social dynamics absolutely intended to public interaction.

Week 6

Design Workshop 11

25.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

During todays lesson we began discussing and exploring any questions that we had concerning of briefs and proposals for Thursdays hand-in. For Part Two I need to take in any key observations or concepts that I felt a gravitational pull towards, to set up my proposals for Part Two.

When then began looking at two artists that create different kinds of interventions in public spaces, that with the engagement of their interventions the experience and interaction of the space become very different.

Kate Newby

I really liked Kates work conceptually and the ideas that she utilises to set up her work. She creates very subtle interventions that do not change the space completely, but completely changes the interaction and engagement of the space. Creating a new experience. She also bases her work around the context of the site and history, further allowing and understanding of the space itself.

Proposal Development

Proposal Draft One

Inspired ideas

Proposal Draft Two

Inspired ideas

Proposal Draft Three

Inspired ideas

300 Word Gravitational Pull

For my chosen space, I have selected my Dad’s cafe located on Quay Road, “Little Algeris”. This space is submerged with history, tradition, heritage, colour, and patterns; attracting and engaging with the public. I relate myself and practice to the surrounding space, with the depiction of the scene being an illustration of my home town in Algeria, through the patterning, antiques and colours triggering memories and joy, creating a gravitational pull towards the space. 

The culture and history of the space plays an extensive role into the experience that is created- This can engage different reactions and emotions within the space, as well as creating a different experience for each, depending on how comfortable they would feel. Movement within the space is another concept that is evident; with the different movement patterns and attack of the actions for each. With the various movements danced around the space between customers individually as well as the staff. Another design explored is conversation and dialogue within the space, the space accommodates too many different languages and cultures. The subconscious rules and guidelines that people follow with the space as well as similar spaces (cafe).

Through my different designs and documents, I have recognised that my space contracts different physiological experiences of emotion through colour, symbolism, interaction, and surrounding social impacts. My gravitational pull towards the space is engaged with the space’s qualities of tradition, culture and history triggering different memories and emotions of my home town in Algeria. – Personal experience and reflection. So with each individual, the design and layout of the space triggered different memories and experiences, creating a whole new interaction and engagement with the space.

I am going to explore and push the boundaries of the pre-existing parameters of the cafe, with having minimal engagement as possible, do not look at anyone, sit by yourself. Through my intervention, I am going to set and explore my own parameters and change how people engage with the space. The critical observation of engagement and interaction through the space is through looking, using the culture as a distraction from the awkwardness of being introverted. I am going to explore people’s new interactions and interferences, with the space and each other. Take in other manners and thoughts, how does their body language alter within the space, what triggers these reactions?

Amy Cherguit

Week 6

Design Workshop 12

27.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

1:1 Feedback Session

During todays lesson I had a 1:1 session with Lucy, where I talked about my three proposals so far, and what I was thinking and how it relates to my gravitational pull.

Feedback:

  1. That I am working in an really interesting area that is like family and culture, but also a business that has to function at the same time
  2. Thinking about the limits that I can actually do within that space, and what can actually happen,
  3. The work about the posters the reason he places his works on theses billboards is because they belong to the site he is exploring, he isn’t adding in additional things.
  4. What is the language of the cafe, what is the object language of the cafe: menus, napkin, forks+knives+spoons- how can you interfere those things instead of introducing things that don’t belong.
  5. This makes it much more of an intervention of a site, rather than and application of something that doesn’t belong.

Feedback Development

Overall from my feedback session was implement my intervention in things (objects) that already exist in the site. So I edited my previous proposal around this feedback and created more.

Proposal Brainstorm

1. My main observation of how people interact with the space is through looking (visual) at the tradition and culture or of the site; they use space as a distraction of of following the introverted rules of the space, to fill in time. My connection to the space is through memories of tradition and culture, so depict and allow the customers to see my emotional connection to the space, and I am going to draw with chalk in every block of brick with a memory, image, photo, antique, emotion. This changing the introverted rules of the space, with sparking conversation of customers.

2. I have altered my proposal one, into this new concept with keeping the idea of showing the different languages and sayings that are not only heard in the space, but in my home town in the bottom of cups, plates and bowls. So they have a purpose to find out more of the space, and understanding it’s origin and further context.

3. This proposal is to add another page to the menus that sit at the till and the tables, and detail the history and tradition of the site. Not everyone will understand the meaning and context of the site, this will inform and allow the customers to interact and further understand the space.

4. This proposal is to have Algerian patterns on the table or a table cloth and see how this intervention causes a different reaction of the customers whilst interacting the table. Will they be more careful when eating, will they connect to the pattern. I could also develop this proposal further and implement these patterns on to the windows of the cafe, and have the customers looking at the world through a bubble of culture.

5. This intervention is to have a little sign/plack at each table, that detail the context and surrounding context of the site.

6. This intervention is to have glass/plexi plate that has maps painted on the table, highlighting where the customers are sitting and where the site has inspiration and influence from.

7. This space is filled with Algerian photographs, antiques, painting, patterns and colours, each of these items hold emotional value to my family. So this proposal would turn the space into a little gallery, and have a description of each work and the meaning it holds.

Parameters

Week 6

Research

230.08.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Since I have decided to propose interventions that address and engages with the conditions of the actual space, instead of adding things to the space. I decided to have a look at Kate Newby’s public intervention works, that take place outside at the Olive Garden Park.

Kate utilises her immediate environment , in spaces that are inhabited and occupied- and challenges how the space will be altered and changed, with her works, and how the public will then interact with the space and each other.

All parts. All the time.
High-fired porcelain, wire, photocopied posters
Olive Street Garden, Brooklyn
All parts. All the time.
porcelain, stoneware, sting, wire
Olive Street Garden, Brooklyn

https://isco-nyc.org/resident/kate-newby

http://www.katenewby.com/all-parts-all-the-time

These works that are displayed in New York, intervene with light and touch, where she has created these works around the requirements and inhabitation of the site. She details the history and context of the site: with creating and two little poster, which layout the history of the site. With the purpose of informing the occupants, to see if there is a change in reaction whilst inhabiting the space. In my proposals I want to focus on using interventions that focus on the history and culture of the site, with the depiction of these themes, will the occupants interact and engage with the space differently, will this reaction result in breaking the unspoken rules of the space.

I am going to use her chose of materialism, and work with concepts and materials for my intervention, that are already found in the space.

I will show concepts or ideas of culture through altering any of these belongings in the site, to have a new interaction either in the space or between occupants in the space.

Week 7

Design Workshop 13

01.09.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Toady’s lesson was a feedback session between my class, where we posted our proposals and statements, and posted and received feedback with our work. So we could further improve or emphasise any ideas that weren’t present to the viewers.

Statement:

For my chosen space, I have selected my Dad’s cafe located on Quay Road, “Little Algiers”. This space is submerged with history, tradition, heritage, colour, and patterns; attracting and engaging with the public. I relate myself and practice to the surrounding space, with the depiction of the scene being an illustration of my home town in Algeria, through the patterning, antiques and colours triggering memories and joy, creating a gravitational pull towards the space. 

The culture and history of the space plays an extensive role into the experience that is created- This can engage different reactions and emotions within the space, as well as creating a different experience for each, depending on how comfortable they would feel. Movement within the space is another concept that is evident; with the different movement patterns and attack of the actions for each. With the various movements danced around the space between customers individually as well as the staff. Another design explored is conversation and dialogue within the space, the space accommodates too many different languages and cultures. The subconscious rules and guidelines that people follow with the space as well as similar spaces (cafe).

Through my different designs and documents, I have recognised that my space contracts different physiological experiences of emotion through colour, symbolism, interaction, and surrounding social impacts. My gravitational pull towards the space is engaged with the space’s qualities of tradition, culture and history triggering different memories and emotions of my home town in Algeria. – Personal experience and reflection. So with each individual, the design and layout of the space triggered different memories and experiences, creating a whole new interaction and engagement with the space.

I have explored and pushed the boundaries of the pre-existing parameters of the cafe; with having minimal engagement as possible, do not look at anyone, sit by yourself. Through my interventions, I have set and explored my own parameters and change how people engage with the space. The critical observation of engagement and interaction through the space is through looking, using the culture as a distraction from the awkwardness of being introverted. I am going to explore people’s new interactions and interferences, with the space and each other. Take in other manners and thoughts, how does their body language alter within the space, what triggers these reactions?

Proposal 1:

My main observation of how people interact with the space is through looking (visual) at the tradition and culture or of the site; they use space as a distraction of following the introverted rules of the space, to fill in time. My connection to the space is through memories of tradition and culture, so depict and allow the customers to see my emotional connection to the space, and I am going to draw with chalk in every block of brick with a memory, image, photo, antique, emotion. This changes the introverted rules of the space, with sparking conversation of customers.

Proposal 2:

This intervention details the different languages and sayings that are not only heard in the space, but in my home town in the bottom of cups, plates and bowls. So they have a purpose to find out more of the space, and understanding it’s origin and further context.

Proposal 3:

This space is filled with Algerian photographs, antiques, painting, patterns and colours, each of these items hold emotional value to my family. So this proposal would turn the space into a little gallery, and have a description of each work and the meaning it holds. 

Proposal 4:

This proposal is to have Algerian patterns on the table or a table cloth and see how this intervention causes a different reaction of the customers whilst interacting the table. Will they be more careful when eating, will they connect to the pattern. I could also develop this proposal further and implement these patterns on to the windows of the cafe, and have the customers looking at the world through a bubble of culture.

Feedback Session

Statement Feedback:

  • Can you describe these more, or be more specific? Something so personal might benefit from some more of ‘you’ (your own experiences and feelings) in here.
  • Be a bit more specific here – how have you changed how they engage? From what, to what?
  • Your statement is beginning to draw out some of those personal, familial experiences and ideas of the site. Perhaps you might think about being really conceptually clear: the site is both a space of family (personal memories and recollections pervade the space), but also one of commerce (where goods and services are traded between sometimes-strangers). How do these things collide or converse with one another?

Proposals Feedback :

  • The way you are connecting this space – a significant space to you – to your culture and the culture of the space itself deepens the richness of the space, inviting people to interact with and learn about the meaning and culture within this space. Very lovely concept
  • i love the way you have expressed this proposals through the drawings, it helps me as the reader to clearly understand the concept!
  • Your illustrations and details on how you wish to implement you interventions is well done, very visually appealing and is clear to understand.
  • I really like how your technique, application and choice of colour in your first two proposals create a warm and welcoming feeling. I think this is something you should continue to consider in the visual display of your other proposals because it helps articulate the context of the site and your own personal view of the site which is an important part of your purpose. The only suggestion I would make is to consider further how your interventions impact the social aspect of the space; I feel there is more emphasis on the physicality of the proposals than there is on the social impact.

Week 7

Research

02.09.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Proposal Development

From my feedback session most of my feedback detailed that the relationship between the culture and the space was well executed, but the interventions didn’t necessarily alter the social interactions in the space just the relationship between the occupants and the space.

Proposal One

  • For my intervention of having the depiction of culture illustrations of chalk throughout the brick wall, their would be a string interaction, observation wise. With having everyone’s eyes travelling and moving throughout the space, reacting and engaging with the space.
  • To have stringer engagement and allow new movement and interaction in the space, I am going to leave some bricks blank for the guest to draw in the space as well.
  • I am going to have a jar of chalk at the till with a note detailing- for the customers to draw their culture in the bricks.
  • This cause the guests to react with conversation, with having to move around each other to draw in the space.
  • New movement of finding free bricks, as well as interaction with the space in a new way- drawinging the wall.
  • This allows people to connect and relate their own memories through my depiction.
  • To futher develop this proposal and incorpate more social apsects of the work, I am going to allow the public to interact with the space (chalk) and become part of the installation. As a result of this action there will become communication between customer, then further pushing the rules and boundaries of a cafe. So I will leave blank spaces on bricks throughout the space for the customers to add.
  • I either want the customers to fill the brick with culture that is noted in the space, or from their own culture and tradition. Since the space is open to anyone of any culture, race, and language- this work will allow the space to become not only a gateway of memories for me but many more.

Proposal Two

  • To develop this idea, or make it present in my proposal I detailed how reaction of the occupants, with finding the foreign wording in their cup, would allow them to ask the staff or someone speaking another language (not english) to the staff- and question what their cups say.
  • This intervention would cause a different reaction of usually relationship with drinking, with wanting to finish faster to see what is inside of their cup.

Proposal Three

  • The feedback that stood out to me the most was, to utilise the space- not add things in, use what is already there, and to have a new social interaction- break the rules of the cafe.
  • So decided to focus on the movement of the space, since that was one of my main observations of the space, and play around with how movement in the space could cause in social reactions.

Proposal Four

  • With proposal I have decided to play around the idea of breaking rules of the cafe, with the location of seating.- in most cafes you get to decide where you sit with and who you sit with. With this intervention I have decided that location of sitting in the space will be allocated by cards- having a coloured patterned card match up with the coloured pattered on one of the tables.
  • This will cause a reaction of new movement- of possibly having to sit somewhere new.
  • As well as social reaction of conversation, asking if you can sit somewhere else, or sparking conversation with a stranger.
  • There is the risk of will people just sit where ever they want and ignore the rules of cards.

Proposal Five

  • For this proposal I have decided to play around with the layout of the space and if I altered the layout how would the occupant react to the space.
  • I have changed the layout of the tables and the seats in the space, so there will become more movement in the space- this resulting in social interactions-having to wiggle and move through people.
  • This layout will also create and new reaction in movement in the space.

Week 7

Design Workshop 14

03.09.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

Statement

For my chosen space, I have selected my Dad’s cafe located on Karangahape Road, called “Little Algiers”. This space is submerged with history, tradition, heritage, colour, and patterns; attracting and engaging with the public. I relate myself and practice to the surrounding space, with the depiction of the scene being an illustration of my home town in Algeria, through the patterning, antiques and colours triggering memories and joy, creating a gravitational pull towards the space.

The culture and history that lies in the patterning, paintings, photographs and antiques of the space plays an extensive role into the experience that is created- This can engage different reactions and emotions within the space, as well as creating a different experience for each, depending on how comfortable they would feel. Will these works trigger different memories and emotions?
Movement within the space is another concept that is evident; with the different movement patterns and attack of the actions for each. With the various movements danced around the space between customers individually as well as the staff. Another design explored is conversation and dialogue within the space, the space accommodates many different languages and cultures.
The space is created by subconscious rules and guidelines that people follow with the space as well as similar spaces (cafe), with it being introverted and awkward. Keep your eyes down, minimal amount of conversation, do not look at anyone, leave as fast as possible.

Through my different designs and documents, I have recognised that my space contracts different physiological experiences of emotion through colour, symbolism, interaction, and surrounding social impacts. My gravitational pull towards the space is engaged with the space’s qualities of tradition, culture and history triggering different memories and emotions of my home town in Algeria. – Personal experience and reflection. So with each individual, the design and layout of the space triggered different memories and experiences, creating a whole new interaction and engagement with the space.

Through my proposals, I have explored and pushed the boundaries of the pre-existing parameters of the cafe. I have set and explored my own parameters and changed how people engage with the space. They will become part of story told in the space, with interaction in the intervention through their thoughts and actions of movement.
The critical observation of engagement and interaction through the space is through looking, using the culture as a distraction from the awkwardness of being introverted. I am going to explore people’s new interactions and interferences, with the space and each other. Take in other manners and thoughts, how does their body language alter within the space, what triggers these reactions?

My main observation of the space is how people interact in the space of Little ALgeris through their observations of the tradition and culture or of the site; using the space as a distraction of following the introverted rules of the space, to fill in time.
Through my intervention, I am going to depict my connection to the site, through my memories of tradition and culture; allowing my emotional connection to the space to be emphasised. I am going to detail in every single brick along the left side of the space, drawing a memory or quality of the space with white chalk.
This distraction will further change the introverted manner of the space, sparking conversation between inhabitants to read and understand the stories being told.
I am going to allow the public to interact with the space (chalk) and become part of the installation. As a result of this action there will become communication between customer, then further pushing the rules and boundaries of a cafe. So I will leave blank spaces on bricks throughout the space for the customers to add.
I either want the customers to fill the brick with culture that is noted in the space, or from their own culture and tradition. Since the space is open to anyone of any culture, race, and language- this work will allow the space to become not only a gateway of memories for me but many more.

Coffee is the most order beverage in Little Algeris, between 8am to 12pm, waking the occupants up and becoming stimulating their brains.
I have altered my proposal one, into this new concept with keeping the idea of showing the different languages and sayings that are not only heard in the space but in my home town in the bottom of cups, plates and bowls. So they have a purpose to find out more of the space and understanding it’s origin and further context.

There are a set of unspoken rules in a cafe space, with being introverted and awkward; keep your eyes down, minimal communication as possible, wait by yourself, leave as soon as possible. When in this space I observed how people would select seats and tables that were as far from human interaction as possible.
With this proposal, I am going to control how where people sit in the site, with giving them a coloured card and having the occupants find where they will be sitting. The cards will decide whether they sit with their friends or not, depending on the confidence with the occupant, will decide if they follow the rule or not.
Could this allocation create communication or anxiety? Will the occupants follow the rules or sit where ever they want? Are occupants going to ask to change their card to sit with their friends?

Little Algeris is overflowed with Algerian photographs, antiques, painting, patterns and colours; with each of these items holding emotional value to me. Each item and quality of the space depicts it’s own narrative and story, with connecting itself to the context of the site.
The intervention for this proposal is to allocate a description next to each work, detailing it’s relationship to the space and the significant meaning it holds.
This creating a little gallery of knowledge, educating the inhabitants of the site’s history and culture. This also creating new norms of the space, with new patterns of movements and communication, with the space and other inhabitants.

Movement around the space between the inhabitants is urging notion that I focused on, throughout my documentation process.
I noticed how the arrangement of the space allows the occupants to follow the unspoken rules of the space, with being introverted and awkward, with avoiding any communication and interaction.
With the new arrangement of the furniture, the occupants will have to interact and communicate with each other to travel and move throughout the space to find a location to sit. This intervention breaking the cafes set notions and rules.
Will this layout create new manners of movement? Will the new layout effect the old rules of the space, will people become chatty with each other? Will there be more communication in the space?

Mid Semester Break

Research

10.09.20

PROJECT 1 : Observing/Participating

During my mid semester break I began to produce and create my intervention into my chosen social space.

For my intervention I chose to produce and bring to life my Third Proposal- My Little Gallery. In this intervention I am going to create a little exhibition into the

Planning

Since most of these works are passed down by generations and are unknown of who the artists are, my Dad and I are going to create the title’s of each work based on their history and context.

This whole concept of annotating and describing works is based and inspired by one of my documentations in my Part One hand in- with having my dad annotate and describe photos of himself and my family in Algeria, and describing the context and culture of each work.

I think having this opinion from a true Algeria who has lived within these environments, concepts, history, and meanings brings a deeper and meaningful concept in the space.

I think it’s important to have my dad’s input and knowledge with these works, since he has grown and experienced these notions and concepts being portrayed in each of these works. It will also bring a deeper meaning and context within these works and the space.

Mid Semester Break

Research

18.09.20

PROJECT 1: Observing/Participating

Today I began creating my annotations and descriptions for each works and collections of works with my Dad.

With working and exploring with my Dad I figured out which works needed their own descriptions, and which works could be collected and grouped together for descriptions.

Artworks in the Space

Individual Works

Grouped Works

We then began creating the drafts and points for each works description.

Description Template

Draft Descriptions

1) Windosile objects

Title:  Gifts from my جدة

Medium: Sand particles, terracotta clay, granite, bronze 

Context of the work: All of them represent the Berber history and artefacts. The man represents the Berber warrior. The sand rose is connected to my Algerian culture because it is connected to the Sahara sand, with being produced through the sand grains, taking thousands of years to mould together and create the figure of a rose. The pot is used throughout Algeria domestic scenes, for cooking and preparing. The Algerian candle holder is like an oil lamp, they use oil- with being produced and free in Algeria- in NZ you have kiwi fruit in Algeria we have crude oil, its everywhere and nature gas.

Meaning in relation to the space: These works belong and add further meaning to the area, with depicting the atmosphere and environment of Algeria itself, therefore creating the space to become an embodiment of the space.nCreating the feeling and importance of the space to be visualised and imagined by the guests. 

2) Blue+White Pots 

 Title:  Théières bleues et blanches

Medium: Teracoater Clay 

Context of the work: They are Tagine spice holders, The design travelling over the figure is Berber patterns.

Meaning in relation to the space: These pots bring in further context and culture of the space to light, the patterning depicting the cultural aspects of my home. 

3)Granite Woman 

Title: Fatima

Medium:Granite 

Context of the work:This is the Algerian Lady in Turkish quater “la femme Algerienne qui porte une tenue traditionelle danger”. 

Meaning in relation to the space:This figure is an embodiment of the culture and history of Algerian women, therefore commencing the history of the space, and depicting the values and morals that my family and the space stand by. 

4) Brown Pots 

Title: أواني المطبخ

Medium:Terracotta Clay 

Context of the work:The pots are Algerian dishes that are used throughout households daily.

Meaning in relation to the space:These pots can be seen throughout the Algerian domestic scene, in kitchens and outside areas. With being valued and passed down from families. With owning mine from my grandfather. 

5) My artworks by Stairs 

Title: Représentation de la maison d ‘une fille

Medium:Canvas, acrylic paint, brown paper, white paper, glitter

Context of the work:These artworks which I had given my Dad, as decorations, as a remembrance of his family and me.

Meaning in relation to the space:These works which I composed for the space, allow my Dad to think of his family throughout the day; through my depictions of our home town in Algeria. This creating a space that isn’t only a depict of his far way home but his surrounding family as well.

6)Collection on top of the fridge 

Title: A series of Memories 

Medium: Glass, Clay, Steel

Context of the work:as seen all of these objects are reflections of Algeria’s, history, culture, artwork- from a teapot to miniature tagine, to the candle holder. These works remind me of the touch and atmosphere of home.

Meaning in relation to the space:These series of works create an atmosphere of a home with all of the objects, being household objects found in Algeria. Creating an ambience of an Algeria home.

7)The warrior at midnight 

Title: The Midnight Warrior 

Medium:Compacted Sand

Context of the work:The Berber from southern Algeria is trolling through the desert in the middle of the night, protecting his land from invaders. 

Meaning in relation to the space: This depict allows the notion and concept of the history that many Algerian men have to follow and experience with their mandatory time in the army. Creating an intimate relationship with knowing the staff and spaces history. 

8)Map

Title: My Far Away Home

Medium:Printed Canvas, White Stickers

Context of the work:This map is pointing out the location of Algeria, my to home, pointing out the distance between the big Algiers and the little Algiers.

Meaning in relation to the space: The meaning that is brought to the space from this work is a visualisation of how far away physically our home is, but this space creates a gateway and mirror to our home, from the decorations, sounds, and smells.

9) Money 

Title: My Old Currency 

Medium: Nickle, Cooper, Paper, Glass

Context of the work:This is the first official currency of Algeria as a country, after the war of independence from the French. 15th-century Turkish quarter in Algiers “the Casbah”.

Meaning in relation to the space: This work portraying the experience and atmosphere that my family and I lived and remember.

11) Photos of Home 

Title: Collection of my Family

Medium:Gloss paper

Context of the work:Images of my kids when they were little.

Meaning in relation to the space: These images remind me of my family and my home every day at work. Creating an essential place for not only me but my family as well. 

12)Singular Hand 

Title: The Hand of Fatima One 

Medium:Cooper

Context of the work:The Hand of Fatima “Khamsa”. I chose to hang this symbol as a reminder of my grandmother, which both hold this name and my daughter.

Meaning in relation to the space: The ability to portray this symbol in the space allows individuals to understand my choice of values and morals, with this symbol being a depiction of the koran. This creating a space that is open and comfortable for my family and me, creating this connection back to Algeria;

13) Well 

Title: Casbah Well

Medium:Compacted Sand 

Context of the work:This is a famous well in the Casbah.

Meaning in relation to the space: This work adds character to the space, with depicting the culture and history the space is inspired by. 

14)Shells, under the fire 

Title: Roman Beach Archives 

Medium:Sea Shells, Crystals, Rocks

Context of the work:these sea shells were collected by my daughter and I, on our last trip to Algeria, on the roman beach. 

Meaning in relation to the space: These collections of shells trigger memories of my family collecting shells, allowing warm and meaningful memories to be triggered every time I view them.

15)Iconic woman 

Title: Fatima II

Medium:Gloss Paper 

Context of the work:The figure being depicted is an Algerian Icon who is found in the back street of the Casbah.

Meaning in relation to the space: This figure emotes history and culture of Little Algiers, with being found in similar areas physically, as well as holding morals and values that are located within our family. 

16)Family of Hands 

Title: Khamsa

Medium:Cooper, Steel

Context of the work:These are popular in North African culture “khamsa”.

Meaning in relation to the space: The ability to portray this symbol in the space allows individuals to understand my choice of values and morals, with this symbol being a depiction of the koran. This creating a space that is open and comfortable for my family and me, making this connection back to Algeria;

17) Rug 

Title: Tapis berbère traditionnel

Medium:Yarn, Wool 

Context of the work:This rag is used by the Berbers to protect themselves from the sand.

Meaning in relation to the space: This rug was passed down to me by the father, to be used during my time in the army to keep me safe from the sand storms. With having hanging it in the space, it not only reminds me of my memories at home but sparks imagination for others.

18)Warrior of the sand 

Title: The Berber Warrior of the Sahara 

Medium:Compacted Sand 

Context of the work:Berber man training his camel

Meaning in relation to the space: This depict allows the notion and concept of the history that many Algerian men have to follow and experience with their mandatory time in the army. Creating an intimate relationship with knowing the staff and spaces history. 

19)Paintings by me 

Title: Peintures de ma fille I

Medium:Canvas, Acrylic Paint

Context of the work:These works were done by my daughter.

Meaning in relation to the space: These works which I composed for the space, allow my Dad to think of his family throughout the day; through my depictions of our home town in Algeria. This creating a space that isn’t only a depict of his far way home but his surrounding family as well.

20)Paintings by me 

Title: Peintures de ma fille II

Medium:Canvas, Acrylic Paint 

Context of the work:These works were done by my daughter.

Meaning in relation to the space: These works which I composed for the space, allow my Dad to think of his family throughout the day; through my depictions of our home town in Algeria. This creating a space that isn’t only a depict of his far way home but his surrounding family as well.

21)Algerian Pattern

Title: النمط الجزائري

Medium:Tile, Indian Ink

Context of the work:This a Berber- symbol and Pattern, dated from the Andalus era. Depicting an Algeria scene.

Meaning in relation to the space: The value with design holds deep sense to my family, with being laid all throughout the outside area and kitchen, reflecting my home back in Algeria, creating a meaningful and significant space.

22) Images of Algeria 

Title: Images of Algeris 

Medium:Paper

Context of the work:early 19 century photos of Algiers port during the French occupation of Algeria

Meaning in relation to the space: These works allow the depiction of the space’s influence to be highlighted and emphasised. Creating a further understanding of the space’s purpose and history. 

23)Shelf 

Title: Mes choses spéciales

Medium:Terracotta Clay, Ceramic, Yarn

Context of the work:traditional cooking dishes used on a daily bases and that includes handcrafted drums ” Darbuka”

Meaning in relation to the space: These works depict the picture of an Algerian kitchen and highlight the detailing and specification that is used throughout the culture and history of the space. Allowing the guests to relate themselves to the works. 

23)Pulling camel through the sand 

Title: Berber Warrior 

Medium:Compacted Sand

Context of the work:This man is having a break while walking through the desert.

Meaning in relation to the space: This artwork is a physical representation of the Algerian culture and history, reflecting and depicting the history of the space through materiality. The importance of this work lies in the portrayal of the figure, with portraying memories of playing in the desert and with camels back home.

When will I carry this intervention out? I am planning on intervening within the the Little Algiers space on Sunday the 20th of September. I will have everything set up by morning but will start recording and documenting from 9am to 12pm- this is the peak hour time during the cafe, and will have a range of customers coming in out.

How will I carry this intervention out? To carry out this intervention I am going to have to set everything up, the labels, and poster on Saturday afternoon, when the cafe is closed around 4.30 ish.

Documentation

Planning out my documentation-

What my document should include: 300 word statement writing, visual material related to my intervention.

Visual+Writing:

  1. What was your intervention, planned and actually implemented- Exhibition Poster,
  2. How did I carry it out (implement it).\What were the actions, intentions, process, methods, reactions.
  3. When was it put into motion.
  4. What was the duration of the intervention and why.
  5. Describe and analyse how your intervention modulated/changed the social space. What was the change that occurred in the space, and how/why did it happen.
  6. Identify the contexts and concepts relevant to the site and your intervention/interference. Why are they important or relevant.
  7. Situate yourself and your interests in relation to the social space.
  8. Aspects from your proposal, like sketches, diagrams, textures.
  9. Maquettes of objects.
  10. Test of events.
  11. Historical/research images.
  12. Ephemera that was related to the intervention.
  13. Diaristic/stream of consciousness writing.
  14. Interviews with participants.
  15. Snippets of overhead conversations.
  16. Timeline of events.
  17. Annotated maps, diagrams.

Documentation ideas

The documentation is a design artefact that that materially reflects some of the contextual and conceptual concerns that you have connected with your intervention.

The artefact- An outcome that has been considered, with its tactile nature, colour, material, weight, layout, organisation- newspaper, a book, a piece of furniture, series of objects, something wearable, combo of these things..

  • Pamphlet
  • Guide
  • Leaflet
  • Fold-out map
  • T-shirt
  • Rock
  • Tag
  • Calendar
  • Newspaper
  • Postcard
  • Recipe card
  • Booklet
  • Ephemera collection
  • Game
  • Zine

My Final Intervention

Gifts from my جدة

Sand Particles, Terracotta Clay, Granite, Bronze 

Each of these objects represent the Berber history and artefacts. The manly figure represents the Berber warrior. The sand rose is connected to my Algerian culture because it is connected to the Sahara sand, with it being produced through the sand grains, taking thousands of years to mould together and create the figure of a rose. The pot is used throughout Algeria domestic scenes, for cooking and preparing. The Algerian candle holder is like an oil lamp, they use oil- with being produced and free in Algeria- in NZ you have kiwi fruit in Algeria we have crude oil, it’s everywhere and natural gas.                                     These works belong and add further meaning to the area, with depicting the atmosphere and environment of Algeria itself, therefore creating the space to become an embodiment of the space.nCreating the feeling and importance of the space to be visualised and imagined by the guests. 

Théières bleues et blanches

Terracotta Clay 

They are Tagine spice holders, The design travelling over the figure is Berber patterns.            These pots bring in further context and culture of the space to light, the patterning depicting the cultural aspects of my home.

 

Fatima

Granite 

This is the Algerian Lady in Turkish quater “la femme Algerienne qui porte une tenue traditionelle danger”.                                                                                                                       This figure is an embodiment of the culture and history of Algerian women, therefore commencing the history of the space, and depicting the values and morals that my family and the space stand by. 

أواني المطبخ

Terracotta Clay 

The pots are Algerian dishes that are used throughout households daily.                                         These pots can be seen throughout the Algerian domestic scene, in kitchens and outside areas. With being valued and passed down from families. With owning mine from my grandfather. 

Représentation de la maison d ‘une fille

Canvas, Acrylic Paint, Brown Paper, White Paper, Gitter

These artworks which I had given my Dad, as decorations, as a remembrance of his family and me.                                                                                                                                               These works which I composed for the space, allow my Dad to think of his family throughout the day; through my depictions of our home town in Algeria. This creating a space that isn’t only a depict of his far way home but his surrounding family as well.

A series of Memories 

Glass, Clay, Steel

As seen all of these objects are reflections of Algeria’s, history, culture, artwork- from a teapot to miniature tagine, to the candle holder. These works remind me of the touch and atmosphere of home.                                                                                                                                           These series of works create an atmosphere of a home with all of the objects, being household objects found in Algeria. Creating an ambience of an Algeria home.

The Midnight Warrior 

Compacted Sand

The Berber from southern Algeria is trolling through the desert in the middle of the night, protecting his land from invaders.                                                                                                   This depict allows the notion and concept of the history that many Algerian men have to follow and experience with their mandatory time in the army. Creating an intimate relationship with knowing the staff and spaces history. 

My Far Away Home

Printed Canvas, White Stickers

This map is pointing out the location of Algeria, my to home, pointing out the distance between the big Algiers and the little Algiers.                                                                                                   The meaning that is brought to the space from this work is a visualisation of how far away physically our home is, but this space creates a gateway and mirror to our home, from the decorations, sounds, and smells.

My Old Currency 

Nickle, Cooper, Paper, Glass

This is the first official currency of Algeria as a country, after the war of independence from the French. 15th-century Turkish quarter in Algiers “the Casbah”.                                                       This work portraying the experience and atmosphere that my family and I lived and remember.

Collection of my Family

Gloss Paper

Images of my kids when they were little.                                                                                      These images remind me of my family and my home every day at work. Creating an essential place for not only me but my family as well. 

The Hand of Fatima I 

Cooper

The Hand of Fatima “Khamsa”. I chose to hang this symbol as a reminder of my grandmother, which both hold this name and my daughter.                                                                        The ability to portray this symbol in the space allows individuals to understand my choice of values and morals, with this symbol being a depiction of the koran. This creating a space that is open and comfortable for my family and me, creating this connection back to Algeria.

Casbah Well

Compacted Sand 

This is a famous well in the Casbah.                                                                                                                           This work adds character to the space, with depicting the culture and history the space is inspired by. 

Roman Beach Archives 

Sea Shells, Crystals, Rocks

These sea shells were collected by my daughter and I, on our last trip to Algeria, on the roman beach.                                                                                                                                                 These collections of shells trigger memories of my family collecting shells, allowing warm and meaningful memories to be triggered every time I view them.

Fatima II

Gloss Paper 

The figure being depicted is an Algerian Icon who is found in the back street of the Casbah.  This figure emotes history and culture of Little Algiers, with being found in similar areas physically, as well as holding morals and values that are located within our family. 

Khamsa

Cooper, Steel

These are popular in North African culture “khamsa”.                                                                                    The ability to portray this symbol in the space allows individuals to understand my choice of values and morals, with this symbol being a depiction of the koran. This creating a space that is open and comfortable for my family and me, making this connection back to Algeria.

Tapis berbère traditionnel

Yarn, Wool 

This rag is used by the Berbers to protect themselves from the sand.                                          This rug was passed down to me by the father, to be used during my time in the army to keep me safe from the sand storms. With having hanging it in the space, it not only reminds me of my memories at home but sparks imagination for others.

The Berber Warrior of the Sahara 

Compacted Sand 

Berber man training his camel.                                                                                                        This depict allows the notion and concept of the history that many Algerian men have to follow and experience with their mandatory time in the army. Creating an intimate relationship with knowing the staff and spaces history. 

Peintures de ma fille I

Canvas, Acrylic Paint

These works were done by my daughter.                                                                                        These works which I composed for the space, allow my Dad to think of his family throughout the day; through my depictions of our home town in Algeria. This creating a space that isn’t only a depict of his far way home but his surrounding family as well.

Peintures de ma fille II

Canvas, Acrylic Paint 

Context of the work:These works were done by my daughter.                                                    These works which I composed for the space, allow my Dad to think of his family throughout the day; through my depictions of our home town in Algeria. This creating a space that isn’t only a depict of his far way home but his surrounding family as well.

النمط الجزائري

Tile, Indian Ink

This a Berber- symbol and Pattern, dated from the Andalus era. Depicting an Algeria scene.                                                                                                                                     The value with design holds deep sense to my family, with being laid all throughout the outside area and kitchen, reflecting my home back in Algeria, creating a meaningful and significant space.

Images of Algeria 

Paper

These are early 19 century photos of Algiers port during the French occupation of Algeria.                                                                                                                                       These works allow the depiction of the space’s influence to be highlighted and emphasised. Creating a further understanding of the space’s purpose and history. 

Mes choses spéciales

Terracotta Clay, Ceramic, Yarn

These traditional cooking dishes are used on a daily basis and that includes handcrafted drums ” Darbuka”.                                                                                                                                                           These works depict the picture of an Algerian kitchen and highlight the detailing and specification that is used throughout the culture and history of the space. Allowing the guests to relate themselves to the works. 

The Berber Warrior 

Compacted Sand

This man is having a break while walking through the desert.                                                                  This artwork is a physical representation of the Algerian culture and history, reflecting and depicting the history of the space through materiality. The importance of this work lies in the portrayal of the figure, with portraying memories of playing in the desert and with

Mid Semester Break

Research

19.09.20

PROJECT 1: Observing/Participating

camels back home.

Carrying out my Intervention

Today I carried out my intervention, Sunday 20th September 9am-12pm. I set all of my descriptions on Sunday night while my Dad cleaned his cafe. I chose the perfect day to enact my intervention with the weather being really nice, so there were a lot of people out side, and come into the social space. The reaction and interaction with my exhibition went really well and I would love to enact it again.

The Empty Intervention

The Intervention in Action

Almost every single person that entered the space, engaged with the intervention, whether they just glanced and read the descriptions or move throughout the space to find more descriptions.

I observed peoples different reactions and conversations with each other, while interacting with the space.

With there being a new purpose of the space of being in an exhibition instead of a cafe as such, this creating a new reaction of movement in the space.

Documentation

After carrying out my intervention I proceeded plan and explore what kind of documentation artefact, I wanted to use to explore my interventions and concepts.

Since I created an exhibition space in Little Algiers, I decided to create and exhibition poster, and a little pamphlet, that you would find outside art galleries.

I then proceeded to plan out what I wanted to convey and show in my documents, with depicting my intervention- process/planning, what I carried out, and what the outcome was. I think for materiality and concept wise of the design, I want to create something that looks cultural, and textured, very much like an Algerian space.

Poster Layouts