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Border-Line(N): Fringe Installation

Gregory Serweta and Stephanie Vito

October 16, 2013

Border-Line(N): Fringe Installation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
1st Floor Crosby Hall
Opening Reception 5:30 PM  

“The line can be regarded as the primary state of architecture” 

- Andor Wesselényi-Garay  

The synthesized body of work on display is a result of a graduate seminar class from spring 2013, which investigated and acted upon existing border-line conditions. The course focused on the analysis of environmental, social, political, economic, cultural, and/or historical conditions between existing and/or found spatial edges/boundaries. Working between local, regional, and global scales, a series of interventions utilizing the visualization technique of collage were constructed that enhanced or made explicit known and/or discovered border-line conditions.   

Border-line(n) actualizes the concepts explored from the class as an installation, bisecting the heavily-traveled 1st-floor corridor of Crosby Hall. The border-line(n) acts as a soft, permeable boundary between the two sides of the hallway. Its presence acts upon the ecology of the building, creating a physical border in the building, as well as visual tension across the hall. The border-line(n) is meant to highlight the potential ability of a single line. Its confrontational nature has an effect on the occupants of the building and acts as a reminder of the power of a line. The border-line(n) attempts to make explicit the notion that in architecture, a line is not just a line, but a notation of the inclusion/exclusion of spaces, which in its thickness has an implicit agenda that is political in nature.