Breaking the space 

We were given the task ‘Breaking the Space’ to help us begin to develop a concept for our speculative design project on Hamlet.

We had to bring in found materials or objects and place them in our Nottingham Playhouse model box considering themes relating to Hamlet.

I found some cogs in a magazine, cut them out and stuck them to some card to make them sturdier. I liked the idea of cogs as machines move and turn just as the cogs in the mind do. 

Hamlet and Ophelia both talk of madness and betrayal. I hung up the cogs in my model box and started to play around with a hierarchy idea so that when one cog was on stage the others couldn’t be reflecting the society in Hamlet. 

This idea was only a starting point to fulfill the requirements of the task but it then became the foundations of my design.

I like that circles can represent strength, a bond, the family unit. What happens when the circle is broken, damaged? How strong was the material in the first place? 

Do the circles represent different characters? What happens when they interlink (incest, betrayal) 

I then decided to make my own rings using wire, twisting it wrong circular objects to explore and develop my idea further with a more malleable material than the magazine clippings.

I played around with different sizes and used a mixture of silver and green wire because I liked the hints of colour (representing nature perhaps) 

This task has really helped me to establish a minimalist, symbolic concept that I can now develop.