BCL Report: March 4, 2011 (Design & Play)
Another Friday evening at Lebel with the crew in action — making letters stand up, cutting maps, interpreting law, and designing impossibilities.
Above, Michelle, Josh, and Mike Marcon discuss what materials will work best to line the extruded part of the plywood letters.
It was, in short, a great night.
Michelle brought another pile of curiosities of the Windsor and Detroit tourism industry.
The tools for the night’s activities.
Kevin woke up just in time to come.
Daragh had sent over a large timeline / flowchart image outlining his progress and plans for the Storefront Residencies for Social Innovation documentary he shot last summer. Bet you had almost forgotten, right? Well, you would be sorely mistaken. Daragh has been hard at work editing, and Michelle has been traveling up to Toronto to help. Maybe she’ll post this graphic?
Michelle walks us through Daragh’s plans, Karlyn and Josh look on.
Danielle pretended to be shocked about something. Ha!
Some ideas and directions for Daragh’s documentary on SRSI.
The email that got sent out to announce HOMEWORK to our mailing list. Oh, you’re not on our mailing list yet? Why not sign up? There’s a little form on the front page, in the sidebar.
Two cities, two maps. Windsor + Detroit.
Josh sports Spotvin’s shirt.
Over in the sculpture area in Lebel, Kevin, Karlyn and Hiba start moving around the faces of the letter R.
The plan was to build the supports between the two faces so that the letter could stand on its own.
Maneuvering a large letter R.
The 2x4s to be used for supports.
Back in Room 135, Michelle takes scissors to maps.
Meanwhile, Danielle pulls up her initial research on border architecture and new border laws and starts to invent.
Michelle cut out the Detroit river from a Windsor activity guide map.
And started to attach it to a map of Detroit.
The scale wasn’t perfect.
But it would be useable.
Then, the overlap started. Michelle removed the river entirely. This would be great with maps on transparencies!
I started doing some preliminary design ideas for our cross-border portals.
To get the scale of map that would accurately show the scale of portals will be tough. We might have to look at just pointing out the general portal locations on a map, rather than pinpointing their places, per say.
Also, some initial ideas for a guide of some kind for our portals.
Rosina and Danielle get in on the map-talk.
Trying to line-up streets in Windsor and Detroit. I can’t recall which ones lined up — could you follow up on this Michelle?
The plan of attack for the letter R from Hiba’s notebook.
And, Danielle’s notebook on border law.
Refining some portal design ideas.
Windsor / Detroit / Belle Isle.
Back in the shop, the cross-supports start going in.
Kevin’s trusty saw — it started smoking halfway through the job.
Hiba, Josh, and Kevin at work on the letters.
Josh readying the tools.
And the maiden screw for cross-supports goes in.
More revisions of the portal guide / route map. I’m imagining this similar to any other city-based public transit guide.
Danielle’s border architecture brainstorm — invented architecture and tactics for breaking through it.
Ideas for how to jump over a large wal…
The letter moves ahead.
Josh looking particularly epic.
Some of my Sketch-Up ideas for portals.
I’m particularly terrible at this program.
But, the mistakes still look interesting to me.
Cross-Border Portals in 3D .
And, a little icon for our portals.
Fancy colours. Who wouldn’t want to jump into one of these?
The letter faces combined.
One of the cross-supports.
The letter R stands on its own! An amazingly productive Friday night, again!!!!!!
How to Forget the Border Completely and HOMEWORK: Infrastructures & Collaboration in Social Practices are generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.