suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
julie a. SIMPSON: This work began with an interest in the meticulous and obsessive nature of restraining the natural environment of Versailles. Seeking to strategically subvert this situation in specific moments within the site, the architecture begins to question the duration of preservation and imagine a space and experience of interruption.
In doing so, this architecture engages in increasing the passage of days. Artificial circadian rhythms, cloud seeding, nitrogen enhancements, seed distribution, and rapid pollination become the tools of enhancement. The central laboratory as well as deployed ambulatory units engage in this work. Active only at night, the architecture undermines the visual experience and spectacle of the gardens, and while dormant in daylight forgoes the collective gardener’s obsession with an unfulfilled longing for perfection.
The result is the creation of abrupt moments of disorder within the rigid order of the garden, altering the experience of the visitor and over time, altering the perception of a place relative to its history.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
jS:Work coming out of the Bartlett, Perry Kulper, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Mawson, Visual Complexity, Ideas of the Uncanny, the Enigmatic.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jS: Anthony Viddler, Philippe Rahm, Elizabeth Shove, Van Halen, Hans Zimmer, Brazil, Arrested Development.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jS: Heatherwick Studio, Eva Mentz, SANAA.