How do we see underground space? How do we sense it?
This experimental and experiential course introduced students to thinking about underground space through volume and movement. It built on scholarship that examines the geopolitics of volumetric space using underground water movement as a case study. We visited and studied three underground formations: Rice University's tunnel system, the Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio, and the Houston Cistern. Combining field trips, seminar discussions, and computer modeling techniques the students explored underground space using movement, sound, film and photography. In this class, students gained analytical and practical skills to design their own investigations of space by translating theory and data into multimedia forms.
With Andrea Ballestero (Anthropology, Rice) and Johannes Birringer (Theater and Choreography, Rice/Brunel University)
Student Work
The students collaboratively designed and built a multimedia, experiential installation titled Under[Gallery] that was exhibited at the Moody Center for the Arts.
Students working on finishing touches on the installation.
Students working on finishing touches on the installation.
Video and projection in small rooms created by a labyrith of hung plastic sheeting
Video and projection in small rooms created by a labyrith of hung plastic sheeting
Video and motion sensor installation
Video and motion sensor installation
Under[Gallery] reception at the Moody Center for the Arts
Under[Gallery] reception at the Moody Center for the Arts
Under[Gallery] reception at the Moody Center for the Arts
Under[Gallery] reception at the Moody Center for the Arts
"Graffiti" on touch-sensitive paper encouraged visitors to make their mark on the space.
"Graffiti" on touch-sensitive paper encouraged visitors to make their mark on the space.
The class relaxing after the opening.
The class relaxing after the opening.
Poster for the Under[Gallery] installation, by Kristin Gupta
Poster for the Under[Gallery] installation, by Kristin Gupta