It is worthwhile, I think, to reflect on Zhang’s description of the ways in which Weather Tunnel will “collapse multiple worlds and time zones into a single plane and flat time” <http://tasml.parsons.edu/?p=584>. I have no doubt that those who encounter Weather Tunnel when visiting TransLife will be struck by this effect — that they will find a significant tension between their immediate impressions of the exhibition and their perceptions of the more familiar environmental phenomena upon which it draws — and I’m wondering if you have encountered a parallel tension in the course of developing work for the exhibition. Specifically, I’m curious about ways in which you distinguish the work that you are producing from the larger context in which it is being produced and, as a foundation for subsequent documentation, I hope that you will offer some insight into the structure of this “design space.” What environmental phenomena, for example, are you drawing upon to shape the course of your work (other than those posted on the pachube site)? Are you leveraging specific disciplinary constraints or institutional policies? Have colleagues or students shaped your approach? And how are you holding potentially disruptive forces at bay? Please take some time over the next week to consider ways in which the development of your work is related to the environment in which it is unfolding.
Apr 21, ’11 3:26 PM