Lost words

So much goes on within the library everyday. Hundreds of students and tutors come and go and yet it’s still seen as a lifeless building, somewhere that is monotonous. As it stays the same day in day out, but we’re forgetting that the people aren’t the same. They constantly change their attire, the way in which they style their hair or even their attitude. The building doesn’t get recognised for all the personalities among one roof.


We wanted to bring the library to life by giving it a heart. When watching people entering the building, I came to the conclusion that as we might feel that the library has no essence, in reality this building is possibly the most charismatic of all the buildings within the university grounds. This being the reason why we felt it necessary to display a pulsing, living, breathing heart.


Back in 1907 the library was a builder’s warehouse, and then converted into a library in 2004 for the university campus. Entering everyday are people of different race, origin, and cultural backgrounds; also under that very same roof are many students studying extremely different subjects. Personality is life. Differing life should be showcased. The amount of diversity should be recognized and the most affective way would be to document these creatures.


The initial idea was to find as many words which are related to a human heart and it’s functioning, emotions that people go through and as many things that are connected to the word human that is written among the library. With these words we’ve created a projection that is in the shape of a heart. This can be seen on the front of the building. Within the durational performance this starts at 8pm and finish as 12am. This being because it projection would be seen until the night sky. I wanted this to big and bold and to stand out to passers by to make a statement, to show that there is life within the building.


Keeping with the stimuli’s of life within the library to co-inside with our heart project we felt that it was important to have this theme running through the foray and all the different floors. This being because the whole building is layered with different and unusual people, so the theme shouldn’t stop on the outside of the building. With this in mind we thought it would be nice to have the sound of a heart beating in the foray as people enter the library, this being our next layer just like the layers of the building. The sound would commence at 12om through to 12am (midnight).  This will go in conjunction with the projection working together to cause a greater affect.


Finally going back to the sore of all the different personalities being discharged and the building itself being seen as lifeless, we want to document a day in the library. We are extremely interested in what people are speaking about while they visit the building; whether that is about work, last nights gossip or dinner plans. As everyone comes and goes, then that’s it. We thought it would be nice to have a day of what people are thinking and saying written down and kept, so that day will always be apart of our library. To make it apart of the building this documentation shall be written on a typewriter, and will form a small book that will have a library number and place upon a shelf.


When documenting a day in the library many ideas of how this would be done were thought about. In the end we came to the conclusion that if we want to document a ‘day’ in the library then it has to be a whole 24 hours. The whole day consists of different elements, the busy stage and the quite stage. For this reason we felt it was important for the performance to commence at 12am (midnight) Friday morning and then to end 12am (midnight) Saturday morning. With doing a 24hour performance it was important that we kept ourselves rotating. Moving though three stations once an hour was the way we wanted to do this; typing for an hour, walking and picking up conversation and then a break.





Posted: May 13th, 2013
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