Materials & Applications is pleased to announce Scoring, Building by Michelle JaJa Chang as the finalist project for the open call Staging Construction.
Michelle Chang's Scoring, Building is a spatial installation and architectural performance that centers on construction’s durational aspects, rather than its finished form. The means with which design is translated to building has often been thought to be the act of drawing, but what if we considered it to be manual labor? This would require the instructions for building to center on temporal qualities – quickness, slowness, duration of manual work – over the finished, formal qualities of the object. The project borrows from the repetitive processes of William Basinski's composition, The Disintegration Loops, to reveal the creative potentials of building, suggesting that the intensity of labor in the front end of building (design) can be met with an intensification of labor in its back-end (construction).
Scoring, Building will unfold in 2019. Dates and location are forthcoming.
About Michelle JaJa Chang
Michelle Chang directs JaJa Co and teaches architectural design. She founded her independent practice in 2014 after working in offices in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Her design work experiments with the overlaps between and among film, installation, music, teaching, and building.
Chang holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard GSD and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. She is a former MacDowell Colony Fellow, Wortham Fellow, and a recipient of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers.
In her research, Chang studies the techniques and histories of architectural representation. Specifically, she investigates how optics, digital media, and modes of cultural production influence translations between design and building. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD and previously taught at Rice, UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, and Northeastern University.