Ellie Row, Computer Animation Arts, UCA Rochester
OGR 07/11/2016Hi Ellie,Loved the idea of Arp's Arts Centre as being the centre of the city - seems like a great choice for your hero prop in terms of your eventual digital set - though how you might convey its contrariness is a challenge! I found this great description of Arp:"Like an extraterrestrial on earth for the very first time, Arp's genius was in presenting visual information as if he is first seeing it. Transformation, growth, fecundity, and metamorphosis are among the dominant themes in his work."http://www.theartstory.org/artist-arp-hans.htmlI thought that listing of themes was really useful and encourage me to share with you all these architectural references so inspired by plant life and by growth:http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-th9Wb_QuEKw/TzC1w5OZHPI/AAAAAAAAAQI/wTeEB-TmwZs/s1600/Architecture+Binder_Page_01.jpghttp://www.kadvacorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/learning-hub-2.jpghttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/_-zOrAL1V5Jg/TTs9aKEqghI/AAAAAAAAJPE/3juOlQSeRsQ/s640/blob+architecture+blobism+blobitecture+selfridges+birmingham+2.jpgThere's a term Blobitecture, describing categories of building that are 'amoeba-like' - and this chimes nicely with that Arp theme of metamorphosis and fecundity:http://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/10-best-examples-of-blobitecture-named/http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/01/blobitecture-rise-of-organic.htmlAnother useful quote in terms of Arp's creative principles:"I use very little red. I use blue, yellow, a little green, but especially... black, white and grey. There is a certain need in me for communication with human beings. Black and white is writing."A lot of my advice to classmates has been similar, in so much as getting students to ask not 'What If buildings and spaces were made out of Arp's artworks?' but rather 'What If Arp designed buildings and spaces?' I.e. What If he applied his principles to the design of architectural structures? Which types of buildings/structures might he be especially drawn to design or challenge or critique?I think Arp's a bit tricky in some respects because he was so creative and tried lots of different things - perhaps you might need to think of his city having specific 'districts' which relate to particular emphases, and you need to pick one to design for him?