URSULA NISTRUP

The world is Flat, 2008
A1 map representing drawn pencil marks and text. 25 copies

EAVES (Architectural/or Architectonic Object) + DROP (Site or
point in space for audible contact)

 

I would like to restructure a particular act of listening and thereby
transform it. I would like to use the act of eavesdropping as the basis
for an audible experience through this drawing. I want to undo
the ne gation of freedom and the secretive or covert act of listening
that is understood through the use of the term eavesdropping,
along with its implied use/abuse of architecture into a positive
and productive verb. Whereas listening to a conversation without
the awareness of the speaker carries cultural and psychological
stigmas, the term eavesdropping contains an architectural object
compounded with a physical movement, thus making it a perfect
linguistic term to describe the occurrence of moving through architecture
while encountering audible situations. It is perfectly
suited to how our bodies relate to the urban environment.

So in a sense:

An eave is the edge of a roof. Eaves usually project beyond the side
of the building generally to provide weather protection. Usually,
windows divide the walls that hold the eave.

This drawing suggests a plan for a room, where physical trajectories
are represented as thin lines, moving between each other toward
acoustic situations that are never quite touching each other.
These lines continue onto the edges of the paper -almost connecting
to it, similar when eavesdroppers connect with the outside of
a building. After a brief or long encounter, the lines change direction,
back into the room away from the edge. As you follow the
lines they slightly vary in tone, suggesting how sound affects our
physical trajectory in space, perhaps as a result of being exposed
or conformed by the experience of eavesdropping.

 

 

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