Studio DS3 began the semester by exploring the themes of monument, infrastructure, spectacle and duration.
Through these themes, I researched other ways of commemoration of a monument, that developed into the analysis of two buildings, San Marco in Venice (the original) and Piazza Batumi (the copy/ doppelganger). The research was further expanded upon my individual drawing as the reinterpretation of the theme of the doppelganger.
In addition to my individual drawing, we had a group drawing task in which we utilised our ‘common’ themes to create the projective view of our themes, “the monster” and the “copy”. Further information will be presented below.
Monument, Commemoration, Copy, Doppelganger, Pastiche
Through the exploration of understanding the terms of doppelganger and the act of copying the façade works as a device and a tool to read the buildings as it constitutes more as a “result” than an “architectural form” (Koolhaas et al., 2014). The main theme used to read the site is the act of the Doppelganger to further read this political territorial condition.
To further my research, I looked into specific examples of the doppelganger. These two examples are San Marco Piazza in Venice and Batumi Piazza in Batumi.
It is clear that the Piazza Batumi is a “doppelganger” of San Marco in Venice.
Batumi is a tourist town that in the last decade has been through a tourist boom. The need therefore, of something spectacular was developed throughout the city with extreme types of architecture. Batumi’s contemporary efforts to create links with Italian architecture are evident through various examples, as previously mentioned (Baniotopoulou, 2015).
There is a specific combination of images, symbols, capital and organizational interaction that not only functions on a semiotic level, but also directly references the literature of the network society above by highlighting Batumi’s efforts to secure its global city status. The act of the doppelganger adds a mythological layer to Batumi as it is a way of reading a projection of a “fake” reality that exists in Venice.
Batumi is an example of how our world is increasingly populated by spatial products, or the built manifestations of commercial formulas; (Easterling, 2014). Furthermore, Easterling lists a number of “unorthodox auxiliaries,” or techniques in which we can redesign infrastructure space: “gossip, rumour, gift-giving, mimicry, comedy, remote control, meaninglessness, misdirection, hacking or entrepreneurialism”. These techniques affect the stories, the disposition of infrastructure space, therefore makes up the act of copying/ The doppelganger (Easterling, 2014).
Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco Axonometric
Piazza Batumi Axonometric
Through the research of the doppelgänger, the act of pastiche and the themes of apperception and duration, my individual drawing was conceived. By exploding the prefabricated elements of the two buildings that have been analysed, one being the “copy” and the other the “original”; I was trying to unravel the question on when do you define something the original and when does it become a copy or if the prefabrication of elements are multiple copies of one original. Does that mean when you take away the generic form that seems to be the main element that makes the it the “copy”, do the prefabricated elements still contain the doppelgänger, as these elements are characterised as the act of pastiche.
Attempt 01// Understanding the themes
Attempt 02// Elements from both buildings exploding from generic form on both sides
Attempt 03// Separating each building’s elements on different sides while still separated from the generic form
Attempt 04// Mixing the elements// adding part of the generic form to show that the elements are devoid of scale