THE UNTITLED: A Multi-Projection Theater

5A Design Studio
Spring 2019 


Site:

3040 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026


The Untitled offers a diverse set of viewings that pull viewers. These theaters submerge viewers into the film rather than pushing them back for a full picture.


"The Panopticon and Guggenheim are unique in their field for their constant modulation of viewing, rather than their spatial efficiency in collecting... both introduce major, mediating void spaces to distance the viewer from the viewed, to deepen perspectives and to multiply sight-lines... As diverse and inequitable as their roles may be, all are constantly on stage, enacting continuous dramas of transgression and catharsis... refocusing the architectural emphasis on the orchestration of interpersonal experience, rather than on the economies of enclosure (106-107)." 
-Joe Day Corrections and Collections

 

Project

    From multiple close readings of the three selected films (described later), I became interested in how the characters register catharsis - that the most subtle movements such as a head tilt may be the most complex, intimate and poignant. This led to a rigorous study of the spatial relationships between not only the screen and the viewer, but more importantly the characters and the viewer - such is seen in their gestural performances. With this intimacy with the film, The Untitled strives to be apart of the orchestration of the projected theatrical experiences rather than a mere container of them. 

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Photo of Final Model 


Perspective Render

Physical Facade Prototype



Process

Film Analysis > Precedent Analysis > Massing > Articulation > Final 

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To analyze how a viewer is immersed in a film, close film studies are done in taking apart the slight deviations of the actors’ movements, gestures and gaze. Here the camera acts like a detective and intermediary, adjusting itself to the perspective of the performer.
 

In parallel, a study of the difference in gestures between indoor and outdoor theaters is done via the precedent studies of Teatro Olympico and the Shakespearean Globe. While the indoor theaters at the time intensely focused upon the hands and facial expression of the performers, outdoor theaters like the Globe focused on large and widely dispersed gestures where the figural and the statuesque performance is magnified.







Projection Diagram
Section 




Unfolded Elevations



Gallery


Final Physical Model
Exterior Projection Prototype (modeled by Phoebe Ou-Young)