Wellesley College, 2016
Through this site-specific piece I investigated the role of maps in conveying the intentions and perceptions of cartographers. The site, the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, is a four storey multi-purpose building designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects.
I mapped out the movement of sunlight (and shadow) across 3 different spaces in the Campus Center. The videos portrayed the natural movement of light over almost 6 hours in less than 2 minutes. Displaying all 3 projections in the same place, as is illustrated in this photograph, allowed viewers to interpret the purpose of the piece while also providing a space for them to compare and contrast the changes that occur in 3 different locations.
Skills: Adobe Premiere Pro, CNC Router
The Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center is characterized by its labrynth-like internal structure and irregular and angled facade that echoes Wellesley’s landscaped and topographical campus. Through my map, I highlighted moments in the building that are often overlooked due to their obscure placement by projecting them into spaces that are more visible and accessible to everyday users of the building.
In addition, I created this Balsa Plywood sculptural map such that its form imitated that of the floor plan of the Campus Center. While each individual piece represented a story, the voids that transcended the pieces delineated the angles of the camera lenses that were used to shoot each of the videos through open atriums and lofted ceilings. Thus, viewers were able to situate the work as specific to the building and its unique architecture and design.