SketchUp Residency

The SketchUp Residency uses the platform instagram to document a participants project development, follow them @sketchupresidency.

I created a short film for my residency, more about the project can be seen on the site;

Residency Sam Metz

City Imagining created in SketchUp explores the possibility of prediction and linearity evidenced in minimalist art through creating simple CAD environments. The environments evidence repetition and pattern in their built forms, I am interested in how using devices of repetition and predictability; simple block line forms allow us to imagine the extents of drawn worlds.

I am interested in using filmic representations of existing built environments to explore ideas of belonging through imagining, where I document the sense of place using existing spaces and think of possibilities.  I  like to experiment with the idea of predictability and imagining in the built environment by subverting the technique of CAD walkthroughs, these walkthroughs are often designed to give prospective clients (for new developments) a sense of place.  Mark Lewis has noted that “(…) the assumed mobility of the subject in architectural space often feels like a simulation of the virtual mobility assumed by the subject in the filmic space” (Lewis, 2011).  The ability to imagine yourself as the (absent) subject of the film is an interesting one and has been experimented with since the 20’s, where city symphonies and montage based films without human leads captured the urban space. I am interested in how simple line forms and pattern making can allow viewers to imagine themselves in spaces, through using devices of repetition and predictability; simple block line forms allow us to imagine the extents of drawn worlds. I am excited to see how I can develop patterns and line forms from real city spaces and give them enough potential to create whole environments

 

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