Each Part-Tine Year 1 student was assigned one or two graduating students to assist with their degree show build, and I was assigned to Russell Morton, and CJ Mahoney. Russell was building an entirely white space, in which to do audience led performance work, which he needed quite a lot of technical help with – both in terms of how he was going to build it, and then the actual building of it as well. His original plan was to have a painted wood ceiling, with fluorescent lights hung along the top edges, but when he said this I immediately thought of a scene from The Dark Knight, with a huge warehouse that had a flat white lit ceiling, and this is what it turned out Russell wanted in an ideal world. So he abandoned the original plan, and decided to go for a stretched fabric light box ceiling essentially, which it turned out was quite an effort to build, but one quite full-on day and we managed it.
This is a brilliant time-lapse video of the whole process..
CJ did not require much help, but I ended up spending quite a lot of time with Rosie Greaves, helping design and build her wind-powered gramophone, mainly in designing and building the timber structure that would support the turbine itself, and house the gears that would then turned the crank handle. This was great fun, and tested my engineering skills to the max, but I really enjoyed it.
It made me quite excited about this time next year when I’m making my own degree show work – its my favourite part of the year!