Change Over Time and Transportation Maps are expressions of the built environment as an emergent and living entity, existing spatially and temporally and evolving through its design and usage.
Architecture can be interpreted as the product of a collaboration between the designer and the user. The way a space is used is a response to how it is designed and the character and function of a space is an effect of how it is used. This relationship, while reciprocal, is a clash between planned design and the unpredictable nature of how it is used. This conflict between chaos and order generates a dynamic relationship that is able to evolve. A building is defined by its spatial proportions, materials, and program. However, all of these qualities have a temporal element: materials age and have changing properties and the course of human activity and events change and develop with time.
Change Over Time was first installed in Wesleyan University in Spring 2011. The sculptural installation consists of a series of hanging units that each support a piece of graphite that draws on paper on the ground. As people walk through, the units swing and bump into each other, resulting in a drawing on the floor. The installation produces a final drawing of the accumulation of graphite marks and footsteps over time. The installation illustrates both the immediate influence one has on a space as well as the incremental effect people have on a space over time.
Transportation Maps are part of a series that are created by supporting pen on paper while riding different modes of transportation. The movement of the vehicle informs the movement of the pen, illustrating the disembodied experience of high speed travel while sitting still. These drawings emphasize time as a crucial element in the experience of travel; twenty minutes in a car or plane could yield comparable drawings regardless of the disparity between the distances traveled.
Artist Bio / CV
Celia Hollander is a multimedia visual artist and musician living and working in Los Angeles.
Wesleyan University, Graduated Spring 2011
Major in Studio Arts with a focus in Architecture Recipient of the Jessup Award for Greatest Promise in Art and Design
Columbia University GSAPP, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 NY/Paris Shape of Two Cities Program