exhibits at 1961 gallery,
Siem Reap, Cambodia
April - June 2016
Design in collaboration
with Gregory Jimmie
Published on: Phnom Penh Post ,
Something Floating is a solo exhibition,
exploring the temporary quality of a space. The installation aims to create an intimacy between people and the surrounding space, using spatial experience to literally and figuratively tell a story.
The two surfaces narrate the dialogue between the Little Prince and the Geographer from The Little Prince novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The negotiation between the two characters discusses over the validity of permanent geographical features: mountains, oceans, and desserts, versus the unimportant temporariness of a flower. The Little Prince’s flower is condemned as ephemeral, a running theme
throughout the novel.
The debate between permanency and ephemera echoes the debate within contemporary architecture. The
expansion and shift of practice in architecture from designing building to designing temporary pavilion and installation brought about unprecedented questions. Does architect still aspire to design building of great permanence like
Angkor Wat, (the geographer’s mountain, oceans, and desserts)? Or there is the beauty in the fleeting moments of the presence, like those of a live
performance (the Little Prince’s flower)?
1250 individual transparent strings construct the ephemeral structure, holding aggregated pieces that generate two surface layers – the “new ceilings”. The geometry of the new ceilings is
formulated by the length variations of the strings. The concave and convex composition of these surfaces generates different pockets of space that encourage various behaviors: walking through, standing, sitting, and lying down. The space exists in between the two surfaces, however, is undefined.
Photo credit (one photo above): Loven Ramos