Hi, I'm Rith!
previously@ Harvard, OMA, Studio Z, Khôra
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Something Floating explores the temporal quality of a space.
The two surfaces are composed of 1250 individual transparent strings with attached letters
to narrate the dialogue between the Little Prince and the Geographer from The Little Prince novel
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The negotiation between the two characters discusses over the validity
of permanent geographical features: mountains, oceans, and desserts, versus the unimportant
temporariness of a flower. The Little Prince’s flower is condemned as ephemeral,
a running theme throughout the novel.
The debate between permanency and ephemera echoes the debate within contemporary architecture. The expansion and shift of practice in architecture from designing building to designing temporary pavilion and installation brought about unprecedented questions. Does architect still aspire to design building of great permanence like Angkor Wat, (the geographer’s mountain, oceans, and desserts)? Or there is the beauty in the fleeting moments of the presence, like those of a live performance (the Little Prince’s flower)?
Exhibited at 1961 gallery,
Siem Reap, Cambodia | April - June 2016
Design in collaboration with Gregory Jimmie
Published on: Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia Daily