University of Illinois at Chicago
critic: Grant GIBSON
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Matthew SCHNEIDER: A cemetery proposal for New Orleans.
Distant cousins rely on the characteristics of familiarity and vagueness to garner affection from its participating audience. They are not only distant cousins to yourself, but also to each other, as their only tie to you is through an immediate family member and remain related to each other through the similar typologies.
Studio Objective: “The goal of this studio is to design a place for the remains of the dead. A simple and direct, yet extremely conflicted request. In answering this charge, we will suggest new cultures by addressing the one reality that all those that have come before have met. How societies build for death varies and offers deep and solemn investigations into narrative, identity and form. We will earnestly deal with these topics with light and whimsical hearts. From children’s songs about over consumption to elaborately crafted suits that dance with joy to comical watercolors of organisms living deep inside each of us; we will devour aesthetics that embellish the very thing that our pragmatic program (a cemetery) lacks: life.”
sP: What or who influenced this project?
MS: The Deadmau5 mask, neon signs, rock and roll, Nick Cave Soundsuits, creeper from Minecraft, Bruce Riley,
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
MS: Watching Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Wes Anderson films, Breaking Bad. Listening to Deadmau5, Die Antwoord, Mew, Define the Great Line, and Daft Punk. Reading Citizens of No Place, Chris Ware comics, House of Leaves.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
MS: Sam Jacob and FAT, Jimenez Lai, CAMES/gibson, Speedism, Snarkitecture.
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Photos: Matthew Messner and Jeisler Salunga
Dedicated to the memory of Bill Dyer — Bison Diesel.