My Dreams of Levitation

Griffiths, S. 2014. My Dreams of Levitation.

CreatorsGriffiths, S.
Description

Commissioned by Roaming Room and funded by ACE, My Dreams of Levitation is an installation constructed in an existing, Georgian House in London. It comprises a"ghost structure" consisting of a 1:1 reproduction of the spaces of the house created using an exact copy of the configuration of its skirtings and architraves.

The new structure is shifted horizontally by about 1m and vertically by about 600mm, such that it "levitates". The skirtings and architraves of the new structure invade and interrupt the existing rooms and doorways, obstructing the visitors egress through the house.

The new structure, which is linear in character, is also conceived as a "drawing in space" which, like the lines of an architectural architectural drawing, compartmentalises space into parcels of property characterised by the determination of what is public and what is private, the imposition of ownership and the assignations of particular functions to particular spaces.

The presence of these relations are in normal circumstance embedded within the structure of the architecture such that they are no longer noticed. The levitation of the new structure in interrupting the normal use of the spaces, brings the visitor into direct physical encounter with lines normally hidden in plain sight.

Date04 Dec 2014
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