Living with Building / Wellcome Collection 26th Oct. 2018 @ King’s Cross / Euston

Hi,

I went to King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston last Friday to take pictures of buildings which are in the pamphlet of Living with Building. There were mixture of different historical buildings in the same area. The exhibition was about how environment affect people. For example, health and architecture. They experimented how architecture can be a role of delicate healing space that can actually change the healthcare and wellbeing through out the world. I followed the step of Joe Kerr, an architectural historian through the area and captured the estates, hospitals, courts and other buildings.

By walking through the buildings, I found that King’s Cross and St Pancras station was close to each other and the design of the building were both modern, new, and clean. There was a market right next to The German Gymnasium, so I also went to that market and bought some bread for lunch. Bakers were from other part of Europe, but they spoke good English and were very friendly. Then, I followed the map and go through the buildings. I saw Google and YouTube of the way to Old St Pancras Churchyard. The office building of Google was so nice, the whole building was mostly made of glass, so that people can see through the office rooms from outside. I saw some Android cushions on the sofa. Then at the time I was in front of the churchyard, I was amazed by the beautiful autumn leaves in the yard. The whole yard was glowing in gold and it was just amazing. Since the church was open to public, I went inside and took a look. The church was built in the 4th century and it is believed to be one of the oldest places of Christian worship in London. It is also related to St. Pancras railway station for the encroachment of its mid Victorian railway lines that were going through the churchyard. And about the churchyard, it is said that it used to be a place for Midland Railway lines from St. Pancras station before 1860s. Then, many of the ancient burials were moved after that and again in 2000s for High Speed Rail. I couldn’t imagine that there were railway lines through these places in the past just by glancing and walking by. Another place that I was especially interested was The Polygon / Oakshott Court. The hill in the middle of the L-shaped court was a bit weird to me, because the hill is right in front of the rooms that are in the ground floor. To get to the ground floor, first you need to go downstairs. Which means for the people who live there, ground floor mean underground. From outside of the court, it’s hard to see inside their rooms, which is good, because we all need privacy. But the green space in the middle to me, it was a bit weird yet interesting.

Living with Building was part of Wellcome Collection, and on the ground floor, there was a room for the exhibition. I saw some films about the history buildings, health problems and also about wellbeing. Also, there were the drafts of some posters and housing models, too. The photo of the Mouchotte Building which was taken in 1993 shocked me the most. Because of the population growth, people needed places to live, so the architect Jean Dubuisson decided to built it on the street of Commandant-Mouchotte. This building is the largest single residential building in Paris. It is located in Maine-Montparnasse, which was a complex area in Paris in the 1960s, hence a vast urban renewal operation took place. The building was built from 1959-1964, as the strong demographic and economic growth were occurring at that period. The building itself contains 750 housing units for roughly 2,000 residents. The photo I saw was a multiple images that were grafted together in postproduction to produce a single overwhelming panorama view, so it was actually a digital edited picture. It was truly overwhelming but at the same time, when I saw the photo, it has a different power than others. I strongly felt the message of it.

I think this exhibition did fulfil its aim. Now I can see different story when I am looking at a building, not just simply thinking about the design or only by visually liking the architecture but go deeper and try to understand the story and history that actually happen.

Chisa

Visiting White City tube station

Hi, this blog will be a record of what I saw, heard, smelt, thought and felt while I was walking around the station.

Before sharing the experience, I would like to talk about where I live first so that I can tell you the reason why I chose this station to talk about. The accommodation that I am living in is called The Costume Store, I remember no one in my class know this student hall, don’t talk about anyone living in the same place. It is located in North Acton, it’s on Central line. Since the station is overground, it is possible to use the internet, but after White City, there will be no signal, so I will usually start to do people watching, listening to music or sometime just think about random things. And I don’t know why but the tube always stops at White City a bit longer than any other station. I’m thinking maybe it is because the station is surrounded by colleges and buildings, there might be too many people getting on and off the tube, so I feel it’s always a bit longer than other station. Or maybe it’s because there are 4 platforms, hence they need more time to make sure every train track is clear.

Yesterday after visiting the Wellcome Collection, I walked from Circle Wood Lane to Central line, and I saw Television Centre and Westfield before going to White City station. The design of the two station is totally different, the first one was very modern and clean, the second one is historical and old compare to the first one. Before going up the stairs of the main entrance, I saw a tiny grab and go shop right beside the entrance, three ticket offices on the right side although they are no longer in use. Going up another stairs after tapping my Oyster card, I saw a corridor and two signs, one is for westbound, the other is for eastbound, and there were 4 platform in total. I was on the way back home, so I went to platform 1 and 2 and wait for any train that is going west.

To be honest, I didn’t smell anything typical because the wind was strong that day and cold at the same time, I just hear the wind and smell nothing. But the good thing is that there is a roof so no need to worry if you are traveling in rainy days.

 Television Centre

 This is also Television Centre but this side is closer to the main entrance of the White City station.

 White City Underground Station

 Ticket office

 The hall way

 The view from platform 1 and 2

 

Chisa

 

What do I see…?

I see a black and white portrait, but it’s a blurry image. Seems to be photographed in a foggy environment. The woman in the picture is feeling the wind by closing her eyes. Her hair is messy, but in a beautiful way. The title is called ‘Underwater’, so before seeing this title, it’s quite hard to tell where this photo was taken. The mood of this photo is calm, relaxed, but somehow a bit lonely, maybe because of the colour of the image.

The first part I looked at was her lips, because it is in the middle of this photo. The photographer’s viewpoint can be ether in birds eye or eye level, but because of the title, if both the model and the photographer are under the water, then it must be taken by eye level. What’s more, this photo is in soft light with a low contrast, depth of field is short and the shutter speed must be high.

The first reaction without knowing the title of the photo was positive, because I like monochrome portrait, so there’s no doubt that I would dislike it, but after knowing the title, I was shocked, but in a good way. It absolutely blew my mind because I did’t even think about that this was actually happening in the water! I feel calm and I also want to try this kind of photo shoot in the future!

 

About the Toolbox assignment ;)

Hello again! How was your day today?

I would love to share the whole experience of the Toolbox assignment today. In the first 3 weeks, we separated into 5 groups to have our introduction in several workshops. After that, we started to think what or how we wanted to make for the outcome, so that each of us can have more focuses on the pathway that we want.  I thought I wanted to do photography, since this is why I am in the Screen Pathway, so I took quite a lot of photos and printed them out. However, at the same time, there was another part of me telling myself to try something that I am interested in. I had never tried it before, so at the time to make the decision of the final outcome, I chose letterpress, which belongs to the Design Pathway.

Before going to the workshop, I’d spent a few days drawing a small image, which is the one in the previous blog — the hidden C. I scanned my image and the technician helped me through out the whole thing, from making the image to a illustrator file. Additionally, she flipped it so that the laser cutter in the 3D workshop can easily cut out the black lines, on top of teaching me how to use the letterpress printer. I chose black ink with pure white paper first, but after printing 20 prints, I wanted something more exciting. Interested, I asked for silver ink with black paper and dark blue paper, and after printing both of them, the silver and blue combination was the best of all. Seeing the end result, I was satisfied and happy to see my image realised. Additionally, the other technicians in the workshops said they liked it as well! One of them told me that they are proud of me because I was the first student in this year that used the workshop properly, and made a nice print 🙂

This is just the first assignment, but I think I am now sure that I wanted to be in the Design Pathway rather than in the Screen Pathway. This is because I can explore more,  since I have only been in touch with photography. I want to try and experience more so that I can combine all the things that I’ve learnt in the future!

And here comes the photos!


laser cutting (2 press)


My laser cut image on MDF (a kind of wood but doesn’t have the problem of printing out the woody texture because it’s a smooth surface) with some fonts and furniture.


My work before cutting to an accurate A4 size.


Andrew helping me with the size of the paper.


From the left hand side: original drawing, the laser cut MDF board and the final outcome.

Shoutout to Klara and Andrew!!!! Thank you so much for the whole process:) Working with you two was such a pleasure! I believe, you will see me again soon!

Chisa

Letterpress

As I said in the previous post, the assignment now is about the alphabet and letters, and what I am going to do for the outcome is letterpress. I visited the workshop and talked to the technician about the work, and she told me to also ask the technician in the 3D workshop because she wanted to give me the best way to prepare my assignment.

I went to the library to scan my drawing today. Since my drawing is elaborate, she told me to scan it in as high a resolution as possible so I won’t lose too much details when I’m enlarging the image. I think doing so allowed me to showcase the imagery to its fullest potential.

I experimented with the dpi while I was scanning to find the optimal resolution for my design. I went from 4800 to 2400, I ended up using 3000dpi because the data of 4800dpi was way too large to print.

Once finished, I found that the image had a subtle contrast that fit the message of the design. The illustration goes off the idea of hiding in plain sight. I believe the simple black and white color scheme is fitting of such a complex image as I feel adding tones would distort the message. Overall, the final outcome conveys a simple but sophisticated concept that is seen throughout the design.

My uni life

Hi, couldn’t believe that it’s already October! I’ve been in London for more than a month now. Everything is getting better, I finally feel home when I go back to my accommodation, I decorated my room a bit, brought some comfort food for myself, getting used to taking underground everyday…

As I said at the previous blog, (I don’t know why but it is only showing 30 out of 150 words though) I would like to share some photos of my artwork. The assignment is about alphabet and typography, I chose “C” for the task. It’s not only because it’s part of my name, but also because of changes, chances, challenges, chase, choice, and clear. These words are important to me, and they’re all starting with C, so I’m thinking how I can collaborate (oh! This is also starting from C!) them together. My outcome will be letterpress I think. It was quite hard to decide weather doing photography or graphic design for BA. I love both of them, but to consider (oh, another C!) what to do as a job, graphic designer will be a bit better than photographer, so… the outcome of my first Toolbox assignment will be letterpress.

Not the final outcome but some ideas:)

Chisa