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The Double : Vessels for rediscovered things 

The house and film-theatre for the pair of stop-motion animators is located on the shoreline of Lindisfarne, an island with a landscape of flatness and extensive horizons.  The project builds relations with this by engaging the network of vertical objects (navigational pyramids, etc.) that are scattered across the horizon, and by establishing an architecture that acts as a spirit-level-like device of registration in the landscape, against which its subtle modulations can be read.  Moreover, the project sets in play a sequence of doublings of spaces and objects found in the adjacent Lindisfarne castle, giving rise to a series of ‘vessels’ in which things are rediscovered anew.  Drawing upon the birdcage that was used in the initial film, the project imagines the projection of an array of shadow-objects over the adjacent landscape, which find materialisation in diverse ways.


Overall, the project has emerged as a multi-layered and complex piece of work, defying generalisation and complete definition – much like the film it evolved from and the island within which it sits. It explores themes of animation not only in the architecture physically, through ‘animate pieces’, but also in its inhabitants (both human and animal), in the movement of the land and sea, and in the shifting and transformative powers of light. It seeks to harness these to create a space in which what was familiar can be constantly rediscovered anew. 

Exploded Isometric Drawing expand
Isometric Drawing expand
Short section - Screening condition of the public theatre expand
Animators Film-house  - Interior view  expand
Section through Animators Film-house expand
Island-Table Isometric Drawing - Contraction of scales
Horizon Viewer expand
Animation Drawing expand
Rediscovered Shadow-object - Screen & Resting Place expand

James Albert George Gillis

The Double : Vessels for rediscovered things
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