“Sometimes I find the empty void that expands between materials most poetic and the shadows that fall onto a naked surface most mesmerising.”
Bare walls, empty room by Dino Chai is a series of six architectural interventions within the S/F space in Eden Terrace, Auckland (14 July – 18 August 2012). Realised one per week, every Saturday for six consecutive weeks, Bare walls, empty room explores the poetics of architectural space. Each installation is accompanied by a short text written by Chai.
“For a start, here are some notes about the place: the light is soft; reflections of steel-framed glass panels are scattered onto a brick wall across the open hallway. Clouds come past; the sky starts to dribble; dark shadows vanish into lighter shadows, they are pale and blue. Then a passage about a distant place comes to mind, all in a sudden moment of sadness; perhaps it is because I know all the things of which I am certain are all the things of which I do not know how to tell. Then clouds come past; it starts to rain; shadows vanish into shadows, pale and blue. It is winter.”
Images by Asumi Mizuo
Dino Chai completed a MArch(Prof) at The University of Auckland in 2011. His project 100 Rooms of Solitude was the student grand prize winner at the 2011 AAA Cavalier Bremworth Unbuilt Architecture Awards.
Curated by onne terre and Layla Tweedie-Cullen with Nat Cheshire, Chai’s Bare walls, empty room attempts to exhibit architecture in a new format and promote discourse around the work of emerging architects in New Zealand.
A publication documenting the installation series will be published by S/F later in 2012.
Bare walls, empty room is made possible with the generous support of New Zealand Steel and BLOCK Foundation, Auckland.