An investigation of the floor

between a Place and a Road, Cardiff

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Extract from my Learning Journal: A lot is coded and prescriptive (cars, pedestrians) and some marks come from erosion. Difference between new and old marks. Need for maintenance. “Scars” from dig-out and repairs. The life of the city. Painting and writing on the road. A space for communication. A giant canvass. How all is codified through material. Tarmac = for cars / Stones and paving = for pedestrians. Change of material or orientation or patterns creates limits and demarcations. The more codification of the floor space, the less freedom.

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Library

When it was proclaimed that the Library contained all books,
the first impression was one of extravagant happiness.
Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel

// I am reading and re-reading George Perec, who mentions Borges, and I stumbled upon a collection of his stories in the library (The Labyrinth) which I am currently reading. I follow coincidences.

Object of choice

“Medieval tiles from Neath Abbey, based on a legendary combat between Richard I and Saladin (Muslim governor of Egypt, conqueror of Damascus and Jerusalem)”
Reconstitution (the original looks like this) – National Museum, Wales

// To begin our studio project we are asked to pick one object from the museum. This is the one I have chosen to explore.