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Studio 2.2 – 2014/15


Sound & Light

Will Burges, Eleanor Suess and Alex Zambelli

Studio 2.2 has developed an interest in ‘back-of-house’ or ‘edge conditions’ of World Heritage; in places defined by their proximity to water, in trade and craft production and in the relationship these aspects of ‘intangible heritage’ have to more traditional, built, issues of ‘World Heritage’. This year we will be even more intangible – we will be looking at the production, use and housing of sound and light, and their inextricable connection to the passage and measurement of time. We will be doing this in London and in Venice. We will be making careful studies of these cities through photography and drawing, including methods for drawing time and sound using film-making techniques.

Semester one – London
For me the noise of time is not sad: I love bells, clocks, watches – and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras, in short, were clocks for seeing.*

We will begin by designing a campanile, or bell tower – a building which marks time through the production of sound and which marks place through the production of civic or social space. The tower and accompanying structures will be sited within an existing public space in central London, it’s intention to activate that space symbolically, socially and architectonically.

Semester two – Venice
Every time I describe a city I am saying something about Venice.**

How do we design and build in cities so dense with buildings and representations of those buildings that we feel we know it before we’ve arrived? In the last century many of those representations have been moving ones. The Venice Film Festival, now part of the broader arts Biennale programme, is the world’s oldest film festival and celebrates medium to low-budget ‘art house’ movie making. In a city of water and reflected light the projected moving image and the lens of the movie camera are as much ways of understanding its unreal built environment as are pencil and paper.

The Biennale College Cinema is a recent initiative of the Festival and is a year-long competitive residential workshop which seeks to nurture emerging filmmaking talent. Our project will be to design a permanent home for the College.

*Barthes, Roland Camera Lucida 1981 [1980] p15
**Calvino, Italo Invisible Cities 1997 [1972] p78