TS 3 HIGH PASS WITH DISTINCTION 2013 Excerpt

by Sho Ito, AA 3rd Year
Intermediate Unit 5

TS 3 HIGH PASS WITH DISTINCTION 2013

10 May 2013
Architectural Association, London

 

Utopic Reconstruction: Towards a New Pig-Topia
Cohabitation Of Humans and Pigs

 

The head of a pig.

Gore.

A hand.

 

Split second imagery but vividly embedded in my mind. Scenes from a film I watched with my mother when I was a boy. Aku-jou it was called, from what I remember. A Japanese film made in the late 60s. This dialogue between animals and mankind and the violence of their relationship set up the premise for my project this year.

 

A programmatic bricolage of living between the beast and the master. The architecture; a gigantic frame in Hampstead, the pseudo-countryside of London for the rich and the affluent. Bricks and mortar, lichen and moss. Traditional.

 

F**k tradition.

 

Movable floor-plates and walls for the hedonistic and flexible appropriation of this bestial perversion. A free space. Social relationships develop with the pigs. The pigs are no more animals. Their porcine status elevated to equate to humans.

 

The architecture: Surreal. This trans-dimensional collision of beings, is it a dream or reality?

 

I pinch myself and remember, I just had pork belly for lunch. It tasted good.

 

‘I used to think that everything was just being funny but now I don’t know. I mean, how can you tell? ‘

-Andy Warhol

 

For more information:

List of 3rd and 5th Year Technical Studies High Passes 2013

Intermediate 5 Unit Brief