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.



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.