“Topoanalysis, then would be the systematic psychological study of the sites of our intimate

lives." -Gaston Bachelard

 

"A tree is always destined for grandeur, and, in fact, it propagates this destiny by magnifying everything that surrounds it….these trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it to increased."

-Gaston Bachelard

Topoanalysis is inspired by the above two quotes from Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. The installation consists of a forest of miniature tree sculptures, and a projected stop motion animation of an unconventional futuristic house. Having always lived in traditional homes, I have always been curious about what it would be like existing in a non-traditional space, and the influence of this to the inhabitants. Specifically, I want to know if nonconformity permeates beyond the architecture and into the self? This project is rooted in these wanderings.

The landscape surrounding this house is formed by shadows of the tree sculptures. This is created by light from the video that is projected through the branches. Wall hanging and freestanding "tree of trees" sculptures surround the space so that this miniature forest surrounds the viewer. The only audio in the video/installation is of the low chirping of crickets.

The stop motion animation is approximately 10 minutes on a seamless loop and is very slowly paced, occasionally a light turns on and shadows of people inside appear in the windows. At around 5:35 minutes into the stop motion animation, the house becomes nomadic and relocates, then resumes it’s previous routine. Many viewers will probably not see this, and is intended to be a surprise for those who do chance upon it. The viewer watches the house from inside a small clearing within the miniature forest. It is important for me to create intimate immersive viewing spaces to house my animations so that the space is active, a sort of breathe.

This project is a continuation into my explorations in Philosophical Toys and Psychological Machines.