Re-imagining Space: Transforming the Quotidian

Project Proposal

FORM:

The laundry room with the washer, dryer, and storage cabinet will transform into a miniature classroom setting designed for virtual teaching during the Covid-19 quarantine. Ironically, it is important for educators to have a calm and relaxing atmosphere in the comfort of their own home, with limited to no distractions, when teaching their students virtually.

 

CONCEPT:

Teachers from across the country, overnight, were required to transition from teaching in their beloved classrooms to teaching in their homes. Not many teachers were lucky enough to teach from a home that had serenity and Zen. Many teachers had their own families and children to worry about along with a variety of household chores amidst the chaos of virtual teaching. Not only were teachers required to design virtual lessons overnight, but to also be composed and professional on camera.

 

The installation will be a satire piece on the entire teaching process during the Covid-19 crisis. It will be a criticism on the extremely high expectations placed on teachers during these last two months. It is important to think about the mental health of students, but it is equally important to not forget the teachers who are also experiencing hardships.

 

The installation would engage the visual, hearing, and spatial senses. The laundry, dryer, and coffee machine will be turned on in order to create a welcoming and serene background noise. Classroom posters will be displayed around the room, featured upside down, because it is important to teach a virtual class with plenty of visual stimulation. A laptop and headphones will be included as the perfect teaching tool amid the chaos. 

 

It is important for the viewer to feel stuck in an overwhelming and claustrophobic space amid the pandemonium. I want the viewer to feel like the space they enter is relatable and it mirrors their everyday lives in the recent months. 

 

MATERIALS / METHOD:

Two weeks ago, I had picked up my entire classroom and I will be using those materials to reorganize the laundry and storage space into a classroom.

 

-Art posters and books

-Heating fan

-Drawing and writing utensils

-Coffee machine and mug

-Ceiling decorations

-School jacket

-Chair

-Laptop

 

LOCATION:

The installation will be created inside my 5 by 9 foot laundry room. Within the room, there is a washer, a dryer, and a storage rack. A laundry room is the least expected place that a classroom environment may occur. It is important for the washer and dryer to both be ‘ON’ while the teaching is occurring for maximum noise level.

REFERENCES:

Both artists work from experiences in their life, using objects to create layers within their spaces, and tell a story through object arrangement.

Tomoko Takahashi - Takahashi's preferred method of making work is to live in the space in which she is going to exhibit, collecting and accumulating refuse specific to that site, which she later arranges into subtly structured installations. The work becomes a personal excavation of the artist's life as well as a physical one of the space.

Judy Pfaff - "I want a density in the work — to have things going on in layers." 

"Most of the work I like has a funny kind of storytelling. One’s life is in it: including the cleaning, the cooking, the child-caring. "

"Each of my installations, from the very beginning, tracks direct experiences of my life. " 

BUDGET:

The budget for this project is $0.

Most of the objects from the space are from my classroom. In order to stick to the budget and enhance the space other objects will be from my house.

 

TIMELINE:

In order to accomplish this installation, I would need several hours to arrange the space with the materials. The documentation and the editing of the photograph and video will take several days.

 

Day 1: Arrange objects in the space

Day 2: Documentation with images and video

Day 3: Editing of images and video

Day 4: Display project on website

Brainstorming Part II

What were the artists trying to communicate?

 

Steiner & Lenzlinger have worked collaboratively since 1997 - the artists have become known for their immersive site-specific installations that entice audiences to enter fantastical new worlds.

Judy Pfaff - "I want a density in the work — to have things going on in layers." 

"Most of the work I like has a funny kind of storytelling. One’s life is in it: including the cleaning, the cooking, the child-caring. "

"Each of my installations, from the very beginning, tracks direct experiences of my life. " 

Tomoko Takahashi - Takahashi's preferred method of making work is to live in the space in which she is going to exhibit, collecting and accumulating refuse specific to that site, which she later arranges into subtly structured installations. The work becomes a personal excavation of the artist's life as well as a physical one of the space.

What do you want to communicate; what do you want the viewer to feel?

I would like the viewer to feel stuck in an overwhelming and claustrophobic space. I want the viewer to feel like the space they enter is relatable and it mirrors their everyday lives in the recent months. 

What sense(s) will you engage? 

My installation would engage the visual, hearing, and spacial senses. 

How will you transform a space?

The laundry room with the washer, dryer, and storage cabinet will transform into a miniature classroom setting designed for virtual teaching during the Covid-19 quarantine. 

The laundry and dryer will be turned on in order to create a distracting background noise. 

A cup of coffee will be set to the side, steaming hot. 

Classroom posters will be available around the room, but upside down because it is important to teach a virtual class with plenty of visual stimulation. 

A laptop and headphones will be featured as the perfect teaching tool amid the chaos. 

Start thinking about how you will accomplish an installation – how much time will you need in the space?

In order to accomplish this installation, I would need several hours to arrange the furniture, and design the space. After recording the video of the space with the necessary sound, I would then need to edit the video in order to push the ideas.

Brainstorming Part I

What do you want to communicate?

Idea 1: Even during Covid-19 lockdown, the human mind is constantly thinking. Thinking about new ideas, things to make, create, and travel to. Even though the space is the same, day in and day out, the mind is an ever-changing landscape. 

Idea 2: The chaos of virtual teaching for many teachers that were thrown into the abyss and told to paddle without a life raft. The strange feeling of having to teach with background noise, and the daily activities that might distract the teacher while they are giving virtual lessons. 

What location do you want to tackle?

Idea 1: Living room 

Idea 2: Laundry room

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