Year 1: EID Design Introduction the Body, Ergonomic Narratives, and Space
The NARRATIVE FRAMING project is a spatial intervention project conducted during the first year of the Environmental and Interior Design Students' Bachelor's Degree program. Students continue study of the body, spatial narrative, and ergonomics begun in their first semester by observing and documenting Object Narratives sited in Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei. Students conduct site survey of common objects - stools, vending racks, palettes, or moving carts - that frame intimate narratives of Temple Street and the people who live there. Working in groups, the first year students develop site specific, spatial responses to these narratives, intimately connecting a larger spatial expression of these site driven narratives with their previous work on their own bodies. Using extensive models and documents of the site, they design the NARRATIVE FRAMING devices in groups to convert their research into a larger, spatial expression. Tutors provide a uniform palette of grey PVC pipe, fittings, and yellow canvas, and the students begin their first exercise in full-scale, spatial making. Over a period of months, they actualize their conceptual ambitions into deployable, occupiable structures - NARRATIVE FRAMING installations they move to and deploy on Temple Street in their first acts of spatial activism. Through this work, they learn making skills, spatial competency, teamwork, and gain confidence to make real, tangible change to the built environment. The NARRATIVE FRAMING works were deployed in the early hours of the morning in February 2017, activating the landscape of Temple Street with intense expressions of ergonomic narratives. Though not permanent structures, these NARRATIVE FRAMING devices leave lasting impacts as pedagogical tools and artistic manifestations of the students' creative ambition.
The proposal made here is to exhibit these PVC pipe and canvas products in the Foyer gallery. They are spatial installations made of 2-4 components, each component fitting within a 2.5 meter cube. There are 8 groups of students installing their work. Photographs of the work are included.