methods: the ephemeral


Since this project is interested in the potential of temporary use, spatial appropriation, and their relation to conventions of property, I thought that a method could involve emphasizing the ephemeral and temporal quality of these aims. I am interested in how artists such as James Turrell and Anthony McCall, as well as the Blur project from Diller-Scofidio are dealing with space making, differentiation, and the experience of the participant by means of manipulating light, reflection, and atmospheric gases, not generally considered within the realm of “property”. Sound is another factor that could also fit into this category.

This also brings up consideration of the ephemeral types of property and control that do exist. In particular, I was intrigued to read the article “Superflux of Sky” by Joe Milutis from an old issue of Cabinet Magazine, which is about the way the radio frequency spectrum is controlled by property laws, though it is not something tangible. Intellectual property is similar, however, it’s spatial concerns are even less apparent.


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