Signifier Signified Literal Meaning
Four aluminium towers tall narrow buildings tall building, either free standing or
forming a part of a building
seven gates barrier/ protector a hinged barrier used to close an
opening in a wall, fence or hedge
drawbridges passage a bridge, especially over a moat which is
hinged at one end so that it may
be raised to prevent people crossing
canals man- made waterway an artificial waterway constructed to
allow the passage of boats or ships
inland or to convey water for irrigation
nine quarters divided into sections be stationed or lodged in a specified
my eye returns to contemplate he is longing to go back to the desert he wants to go back but it is too late
the desert expanses
this path is only one of the many out of many, this was one path out of many, this is one path and others
paths that opened in front of me are yet to open
The uninterrupted and intense heat of the sun
The feel of the grimy sand everywhere
The endless sea of dry desert to be travelled
This is what I had left behind there.
Dorothea, my escape from it all
Thought I would settle down
Away from the grit and the grime
But after so many years I was still dissatisfied.
Once again longing for the feel of the sands
The bumpy camel rides across the miles
The golden sun warm against my skin
The music of the low hum of the voices in the caravan
As we travelled across to unknown places
Miles to be covered, destinations to be reached
Meeting new people discovering new places
An endless journey, this is where I belong, this is what I want.
The project revolves around understanding the uniqueness of a place and its characters. Deconstruction of the passage and understanding semiotics played an important role in comprehension of an idea. This thereby allowed us to look at each of the features more closely and interpret them visually and in writing.
The monuments in a place creates another layer of interpretation and the influence it has on the people and the environment.
Octavia- Thin cities in Invisible cities by Italo Calvino speaks about the spider web city and the lifestyle within this environment. The silken threads of the web relates to the thoughts that often entrap us from moving ahead. My narrative relates to breaking free from these thoughts which is visually seen through the tunnel book.
At the start of this project we were introduced to Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and read a common passage on the city of Isidora. In the first week we explored the meaning of this passage and wrote a narrative on the city. Based on this narrative, in the studio class we made visuals that illustrated the story that we had written.
By the next week, we had read the whole book and were asked to choose a passage that we wanted to work with for the rest of the project. The passage I chose was cities and eyes (1) that describes the city of Valdrada. In this week, we explored how memory was connected to our passage and wrote a short paragraph exploring this connection. In studio, we made visuals bringing out the essence of this connection through black and white silhouettes.
In the third week, by answering some questions on constructed environments, we studied how Calvino had described his cities and given each city a unique landscape. In studio, we again made black and white visuals, which gave a sense of how our city would look. We then also tried to make cut outs from this visual. In the fourth week we looked at semiotics. We deciphered how signs and symbols in our city had a hidden metaphorical meaning that we hadn’t explored and made visuals and cut outs for the same.
In these three weeks, although we worked with one city and looked at different aspects of it, each class was a little disconnected from the other. In the fifth week, everything finally came together and all the written work and visuals that we had made aided the final outcome of the project, which was a tunnel book.
In this fifth week, based on our complete understanding of the city from the work we had done, we wrote a story that was then translated into a tunnel book with 15 cut outs. For the tunnel book all the layers of the city that we had explored based on memory, constructed environments and semiotics came together to form one three dimensional visual. As we had worked with our cities over the period of four weeks in seminar and studio, it was much easier to construct a story and visualize it in the form of a tunnel book and elements from all our previous visuals seamlessly came together for the final outcome of the project.
I was walking down the street and I couldn’t stop staring at him
Wherever I went, he was always in my line of vision
Inverted, reflected mirroring my every action
His picture in my head leading to a chain reaction
His enchanting face his kept me in shackles, arrested
I couldn’t get him out even when I rested
Make it stop, please let me see,
Images of people that don’t look like me.
A two faced border city,
A ship in the oases of sand,
A camel in the desert of sea,
The skyline changing forms,
Could it just be me?