Working Document, or, Final Product?: The Indo-Pacific Atlas in Seven Acts

The University of Sydney
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference, 2018, pp. 113 - 123 (11)
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The Indo-Pacific Atlas is a 10-meter-long collage of 4000 images and a sound piece, a series-of-maps that explores the role of architecture in rapidly transforming urban environments. The Atlas is a compilation of four research projects that are linked by post-traumatic conditions, capital flows, gentrification and media. It was first exhibited at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2015. Through a description of the methodology for its conception and production, this paper demonstrates the Indo-Pacific Atlas’s ability to intensify the production of collective research. The Atlas’s configuration as an ‘atomised’ cloud of detachable objects and images, encourages researchers to permanently re-negotiate its narrative structures. The simultaneous display of each element that constructs the Atlas allows researchers to visualise the adjacent, parallel, colliding, and intersecting connections between complex and multi-layered narrative sequences. Calling on vast assortments of field and desktop research, this paper interrogates how the process of making, re-making, packing, installing, exhibiting and publishing have generated competing modes of enquiry. Finally, the paper provides a critical commentary on the role of the artefact as a perpetual working document, or, final product, and asks: what is the value in making public experimental and makeshift research?
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