Following our observations on the site concerning tags, graffiti, and vandalism, we pushed the observation. In Lausanne and its suburbs, we spotted places where the urban reappropriation has taken place under the form of vandalism.
The images above represent an extract of the locations we noticed. We concluded that the conditions characterising places that have been vandalised do offer a certain pattern. Mostly, we noticed a dichotomy: the vandal either uses a surface with high visibility (along train rails, highways, subway stations) or that guarantee invisibility and anonymity during the execution (hidden places, tunnels).
Apparently, some are interested in marking surfaces that are difficult to attain. The rush of doing something illegal in a highly exposed and dangerous place matters. At the same time, others prefer quiet and hidden places where the risk of being discovered is low.
On the other hand, regularly checking the content uploaded on open social media Instagram demonstrates the creative interest of connected people located near the site, due to the presence of ZHDK.
observing: hashtag #toniareal and location Toni Areal, Zurich
related content on instagram
As a common studio guideline, we were give the reference of John Hejduk's "Masques of Architecture".
We imagined a masque, a character, to start imagining a space that would at the same time embody the character and make it the masque for the character. We named it: the Vandal, based on our previous observations.
Photo collage and handwriting
First draft model: the Vandal.
In our first model, we developed the notions of observing, hiding, and being observed. Also, we integrated the observations we made around Lausanne: we combine a tunnel, optimal for hiding, as well as very exposed surfaces. Notably, a platform accessible by a small ladder is thought to offer spectators a place for a form of "voyeurism", observing the vandal.
The choice of the material, cellophane, come from graffiti practice. Since the 1990's, graffiti and street artists use the film wrapped around two trees to create surfaces they can practice on. We see it as something we can express reappriation with: wrapping, unwrapping, the film is easy to use and allows the reconnection of space with every layer.
Therefore, we understand reappropriation of space not only by vandalism, but as an action taken by users that directly modifies our perception of space. By either applying paint, ink, or posters onto the film surface, one modifies its transparence and texture. On the other hand, it can also easily be damaged - and restored, in the same configuration, or a new one.