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  • Object Permanence

    Danielle TELLEZ, "Object Permanence." Figure models.
    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
    advisors: Ellie ABRONS & Adam FURE.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Danielle TELLEZ: This thesis investigates the degree to which manipulating the boundaries of three-dimensional form can affect subject-object relationships, way-finding, and the identification of an object through its parts rather than its whole.

    Drapery and wrapping are used to obscure and reveal distinct features of an object, blurring the boundaries between multiple elements and allowing distributed things to be read equally in form whether they function aesthetically or in utility. Through the dissolution of the edge, or threshold, between objects, one object appears to be fused together with qualities of another. This new, perceived figure is both familiar and unfamiliar, forcing a reevaluation of the original objects and what the retained features reveal about this new thing.

    Object Permanence uses a museum inspired by Pablo Bronstein as its site—an acknowledgement of the way in which architecture structures the relationship between viewing subjects and objects in the museum context. The typical, egocentric subject-object relationship is called into question through the drapery and wrapping. In this situation, objects aren’t perceived separately in relation to the subject, but always in relation to one another in the construction of space. Scalar and representational shifts between object and architecture are conflated under a veil of wrap or through taut lines. Highly articulated, unique, and previously insular objects reach beyond the glass box and literally construct the volume of the museum, suggesting new perceptions of the old. This sense of discovery informs a new allocentric path of recovering knowledge from objects. As such, the project displaces the human subject as just another object within the maze-like layers of drapery and wrap.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    DT: The thesis was developed with Ellie Abrons and Adam Fure as advisors and was influenced by Object Oriented Ontology, Thing Theory, and Beaux-Arts and Baroque-style architectures.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    DT: Reading Graham Harman; Owen Jones; Lars Spuybroek; Ian Bogost; Bruno Latour; Jason Payne; David Ruy; Jeffrey Kipnis; and Sylvia Lavin.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    DT: Johnston Marklee; Design w/ Company; Ruy Klein; Snarkitecture; and T+E+A+M.

    Additional credits and links:
    The section included here is a drawing that I gained inspiration from and altered; this initial exercise inspired both the site and theoretical groundwork for the project. The drawing in question is an ink and watercolor drawing by artist Pablo Bronstein, titled Museum Section with Artwork.

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