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(Panharith Ean)

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previously@ Harvard, OMA, Studio Z, Khôra

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  Installation   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

Surface Undulation

1250 individual transparent strings construct the ephemeral structure, holding aggregated pieces that generate two surface
layers– the “new ceilings”. The length variations of the strings formulate the geometry of the new ceilings. The concave and
convex composition of these surfaces generates different pockets of space that encourage various behaviors: walking
through, standing, sitting, and lying down. The space exists in between the two surfaces, however, is undefined.
Photo credit (one above): Loven Ramos