Project: William Morris Project

Footsteps

We will build an echo chamber by using microphones and an already existing room within the gallery. We will build platform floors out of plywood to capture a really deep and full echo. Blank tapestries will be hung from ceiling to floor using a pole and suspension wire system that’s easily built and broken down. The sounds of people in the room will echo creating a soundscape, the sound from that will trigger projectors. The projectors will play 3 separate colours made by filming 3 different methods of colour mixing. These colours are going to be… More

What’s that knocking on my floor?

After playing with different options for the flooring platform to create echoes, this seems to be the best option. Having the circle in the middle of the floor affords too much risk in people injuring themselves. Furthermore, a hole in the middle of the floor creates a divide, which goes against the nature of what this installation is trying to achieve—bringing people together in order to make a piece of art. The sound echoes nicely even in this 1×1 square cube—this proves that a large and cavernous room is not going to be necessary to… More

Geodesic Dome

  As soon as you enter this dome, the echoes begin. On observing the many people coming in and out of the dome, it is a solid conclusion to say that people will inherently make noise when they can hear their echo. The affordance here, is that when a room has an echo, people will naturally want to make noise. Having people making noise in our space should not be an issue based on this. More

Miranda Lossfidis on WM as Activist

William Morris struggled with class structures of the Victorian Era and did not abide by them at all—he was a rich man who married a peasant girl. He was an activist through most of his life for socialism, communism and anarchism for the main purpose of creating equality amongst all people (except for women, of course). In 1881 he became the leader of the Socialist League. He invested his money into the Commonwealth, which was a magazine that spread socialist views. This is interesting, considering his money to be able to invest originally had to have come from his wealthy mother… More

News from Nowhere — WM thinking

William Morris hated the age in which he lived—everything about it—architecture, commerce, poverty, politics, the way industry was developing. More than anything though, he hated the individualistic selfish system of values that were coming out of the industrial revolution and the rise of consumerism it brought about. For Morris, the perfect world would be as follows: No rich and no poor. No master or master’s man. No idle nor any overworked. No separation between scholars or tradesman. All men live in equal conditions. People manage affairs unwastefully and within their means. More

Reverse Robin Hood

Communism as a denouncer of Anarchism because of its individualism—will not solve for the masses. His political stances consistently evolve and change over the years. He is continuously influenced by how the groups in these movements change and organise. There is a parallel and a paradox to Morris’ art and politics PARALLEL: in that is art and politics are in constant change and state of theory finding PARADOX: his politics grow forward, but his art is almost going backwards and rebels the tech of the time.    … More

Echoic or Anechoic?

Leo Barenek, MIT professor, author of Acoustics and expert in all things acoustic coined the term Anechoic—simply meaning void of internal echoes or sound reverberations. Anechoic chambers were created to completely absorb any sounds or electromagnetic waves—in the case of sound this removes all echoes and reverberations from external and internal sound sources. Currently, these kinds of rooms are used to test antennas, radars and electromagnetic currents. Recording studios in the early 20th century created sound booths to be anechoic. The music recorded in these types of rooms had a very flat sound, which in the end proved to… More