Architects/Designers Name: Matthew Talbot-Kelly
Project Location: Pondicherry, India
Project Year (Completion): December, 2014
Project Area: approx. 150 Sq.ft.
Built up Area: 3500 Sq.ft.
Project Type: Installation / Landscape
Image Courtesy: Matthew Talbot-Kelly
From the desk of Matthew Talbot-Kelly –[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his project was completed last week as part of an art exhibition I did with artist Jacqueline O Rogers in Pondicherry, India. Our “In Medias Res” exhibition, consisted of paintings, assemblages, a zoetrope made from a rickshaw wheel and axel, experimental films and an interactive art app. In addition to this gallery component, I made an installation (“falling: catching”) in a local sculpture garden. I came to Pondicherry to do a self-initiated artist residency. “falling: catching” was the main focus of my efforts.
[quote]The project was inspired by the fantastic local constructions made from scaffold that are all over India. I also took inspiration from the many decaying buildings in and around Pondicherry – oftentimes revealing the inner brickwork used in both walls and slabs that is characteristic of traditional Tamil construction.[/quote]
Though I am a graduate architect, I have worked in film and new media over the last 15+ years, so movement and time are very much on my mind.
[quote]“falling: catching” is a semi-improvised architectural installation that uses some of the most ubiquitous of Indian construction materials to create a ‘frozen moment in time’. [/quote]
At its most basic, “falling: catching” is simply a wall, sited in a garden. Conventionally, walls separate and delineate space. Walls define borders and property boundaries, they separate the inside from the outside. Oftentimes, walls support beams or floor slabs.
The piece progresses away from its native verticality, undulating on its way to a new normal. It might be said, this installation is a ‘hacked’ wall. The wall’s length seems incomplete, seemingly its implied action is paused mid-stride.
Is it on its way to horizontality or to collapse?
[box] “A big thank you to Sekar, Ganapathy and crew.” – Matthew Talbot-Kelly[/box]
[author][author_image]http://www.howarchitectworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Matthew_Talbot-Kelly.png[/author_image] [author_info]Matthew has been a digital and analog creator for over 25 years. Since receiving a B. of Arch., MTK’s output spreads from film & TV, to art & installations, from exhibition, graphics & broadcast design, to animation and iOS app creation. [/author_info] [/author]