If flaneur is considered as a static object, in flaneur's eyes, the city can be regarded as a constantly changing sturcture. The idea of the forth one comes from this point. It is a symbol of this specail individuals in the middle of the picture.
The third one is about walking randomly in the urban space. So i chose a special perspective to show different path and stairs designed in the air, which make people get different level and different platform to percieve the space.
The second Picture is about flaneur's invisible character in urban space.Because this special individuls often are neglected by other people and often does not keep pace with changes of development of a city.
The second skeches about Information Collector
Skethces about the future of London
I wanna draw 4 pictures about how a flanuer can be and what their characters are.The first picture is about flaneur's first character about observing people's lives, buildings, sturctures and communities. In the picture, the red object can be considered as a tool which search for informations of the street.And the background is the future of London.
Last stage, i want to made a trolley as a tool which can recieve the infromation on the view of street. In this stage, i am trying to think about how to transfer people to an object in order to reflect the events happened in the street and i am trying to think about whether a reflective skin can be made to reflect the event and separate the invisible inside of the people from the outside world. At the same time, people wear it can be invisible from other people's eyes. And the other people can experience themselves as visible beings.
6 Times, a sculptural project by the celebrated British artist Antony Gormley and commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland, comprises six life-size figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea. Four of the figures are sited in the Water of Leith, acting as gauges for the height of the river as it swells and recedes. This is the first time that a work in the National Galleries collection has been permanently located across the city of Edinburgh itself
Sky Plinth literally brings the clouds down to the ground ‘displaying’ the changing sky-scape as a ‘monument’ on Trafalgar Square. The five concave mirrors cantilever off the plinth treating all its faces as supports. The plinth is thought of as an object which is dematerialised by the mirrors. They turn the world upside down and in so doing bring the sky down to the ground.
Urban spatial meaning showed by flâneur is observing existing detailed in a space through walking randomly in the city and the details in the reaction of the city spirit is more persuasive than buildings. In other words, the cognition on space not only is an understanding about existing constructions but also includes some understandings about the weather, people, community, lifestyle and so forth.
The details of the urban space are flâneur’s indispensable part which constitute the impression of a city, and are the core of understanding and cognition of the urban space. However, these details are often ignored and forgotten by people in the process of urban rapid changes. Actually, broadly speaking, architectural environment constitutes the urban space structure, while people in the city and the skin of these structure form the urban meanings and spirit.
My project based on the streets which can be regard as a symbol of a city to certain extend, records and analyzes every detail in the street and breaks these analyzed documents into different parts with various perspective.This model is used as a tool to recieve the information of urban space.Every piece is a reflection of every detail of a street. These details can be materials of buildings or movements of people in the street. At the same time, the camera is a recorder which records changing views of getting through the urban space. The way of collecting the information of urban space is by walking in the city randomly. In the other word, this model can be considered as a "Flaneur" pulled to walk in the street of a city to obeseve every event happened in the urban space.
The term flâneur comes from the French masculine noun flâneur—which has the basic meanings of ‘stroller’, ‘lounger’, ‘saunterer’, ‘loafer’—which itself comes from the French verb flâner, which means "to stroll". Charles Baudelaire developed a derived meaning of flâneur—that of "a person who walks the city in order to experience it". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fl%C3%A2neur, 29 Jan 2010)
A British sociologist named Elizabeth Wilson (The Invisible Flâneur, 1992:6) has pointed out that in the 19th century emergence of new forms of urban space is the root causes of generation of the ‘flâneur’ group. The flâneur appeared in the street of Paris mainly pay more attention to street landscape and their main interest is details of life in the street, rather than those so-called public spaces created by Ottoman. There are three main features for this group: firstly, wandering around in the city all the time; secondly, keen observation of people and events happened in the street; finally, allow people to observe them curiously, but don’t interact with these observers. In terms of flâneur, they are only as strangers of a city and do not contact with people around them and places where they are. On the one hand, they are attracted by the new urban landscape and attempt to interpret the meaning of the unknown. On the other hand, due to disappearance of the old space and behavior, they try to find the lost sense of location but cannot find easily. Additionally, with the physical space and social space changing constantly, they cannot feel and understand a city clearly as well and their understanding of a city has always represented a kind of messy, discontinuity and unconsciousness. However, the flâneur’s method of understanding the urban space-in the walk, accepting the new information on a city through the interaction between people’s body and the urban space, is a very good approach of experiencing and understanding the space.
When people walking in the street, their activities themselves can be passing through somewhere quickly, strolling in the path, purchasing goods in retail outlets, visiting the commercial windows and visiting some city's monuments or buildings. These movements with different purposes and interactions with the urban space extend the meaning of space when people go into it and increase its uncertainties. Obviously, this meaning’s extension and uncertainties challenge alienation and loss of mobility of the urban space at the same time. Therefore, the way people perceive the urban space also is beyond the semiotic analysis and interpretation. In fact, the same principle can be used in understanding architectural and interior space and the movement and interaction without purposes make space into a kind of structure which can be interpreted and understood. According to Phenomenology of Perception theory, British sociologist Sennett based on ‘Flâneur’ idea was trying to re-establish the relationship between the body and space in vision, hearing, touch, smell and the way they are interconnected in order to break the traditional dualism of cognitive style. In fact, in terms of Flâneur, there are two factors in the key point: the first one is the interaction between people’ body and the space; the second one is the movement without any purposes. It is these two factors that make the communication between people and space become more playful and uncertain. Therefore, based on the situation, re-recognition of the space can be possible.
With generation upon generation, layer upon layer of building, much of our most interesting stuff is in the little curiosities, in buildings that are hidden, or even underground.
The best way to get to know a city is to get off the well-beaten tourist routes and into the grubby corners. Bethnal Green Road is really great place to visit. There are lots of old buildings, interesting shops, reconstructed buildings and so on and at the City end of Bethnal Green Road, the ‘massive corner slab’ of the ‘Dirty House’ can be found.