THE STREET

'The Street' is one of the most open spaces in the entire building and holds students of all kinds who use the space socially and as part of their ordinary commute when navigating from place to place within the building. the flow of pedestrians walking through the street is in the hundreds, I was interested in the institutional presence that we feel simply walking around the building. When placing objects we are insecure of their effect and are fully aware of the potential for work to be moved and rearranged, even to be verbally rep-remanded for our effect, bulky security members stalk the premises scouring for chaotic interventions which may influence the institutions flow of working. The conceptual ideas of order and control immediately become important in this residency.

In my first intervention on the space I reflected on my reading of 'The Maze', a book documenting artist Donovan Wylie's experience within The Maze Prison in Belfast. Wylie portrays the architectural embodiment of the state’s forceful authority documenting the repeated architectural features of many of the prisons interiors. Corridors are identical and systematic, the repetition of form is a common architectural element of institutional buildings, prisons, schools and hospitals often use systematic and systematised structures of architecture and repeat furnitions and interiors, both to establish a uniform control over the area but also to create the feeling of order and control over the people within the space. The users and customers or even detainees of such sites. Relating this to the KX space, it struck me that the process of walking around the stairwells and passageways into the blocks of workshops and seminar rooms feature this same symmetrical identical architectural design. 

'A street is a public thoroughfare (usually paved) in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urbancontext, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about. A street can be as simple as a level patch of dirt, but is more often paved with a hard, durable surface such as concrete, cobblestone or brick. Portions may also be smoothed with asphalt, embedded with rails, or otherwise prepared to accommodate non-pedestrian traffic.

Originally the word "street" simply meant a paved road (Latin: "via strata"). The word "street" is still sometimes used colloquially as a synonym for "road", for example in connection with the ancient Watling Street, but city residents and urban planners draw a crucial modern distinction: a road's main function is transportation, while streets facilitate public interaction. Examples of streets include pedestrian streets, alleys, and city-centre streets too crowded for road vehicles to pass. Conversely, highways and motorways are types of roads, but few would refer to them as streets.'

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street

 

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