suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
zoeYEE CHAN: Melting Space is a design-manifesto for the iconicity of EXPERIENCE over the object.
The project brings a moving, fluid world of glass pools into the urban fabric of Manhattan: in contrast and opposition to the self-similar experience of static, orthogonal, and rationally sub-divided space in the gridded city.
Floating, raining, moving and steaming above an existing tower block in midtown New York, the glass pools bring waterfalls, clouds, movement and drama to the city, creating an escape from the static monoliths below.
The project speculates and explores a fictional journey through these pool worlds; which each have their own weather, atmosphere and laws of gravity; whilst simultaneously developing an in-depth technical ‘backstage’ design and detailing of the machine.
Distorting our visual, aural, and haptic experience- the project investigates the phenomenological relationship between space, materiality and emotion, using movement and water to re-calibrate our understanding and experience of space.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
zYC: guy debord[psychogeography], jean-paul satre+ merleau ponty [phenomenology], magritte, escher, leandro erlich
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
zYC:rem koolhaus:delirious new york, jean paul satre:being and nothingness, merleau ponty: phenomenology of perception, dan graham:two-way mirror power, apparat: walls, tarkovsky’s stalker, 2001: a space odyssey
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
zYC:leandro erlich, ged quinn, olafur eliasson, dan graham, sanaa