Analysis Of The Project ' Disappearing Into Night '

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The project ‘Disappearing into Night’ was made in and around Al-Asmakh, Doha, Qatar in 2016 -17. This neighbourhood is situated in the heart of the Msheireb project, a large-scale, inner-city regeneration project inspired by contemporary design processes, yet retaining Qatari cultural character and heritage articulated through city planning and architecture (Law, R. and Underwood K, 2012). The old district of Al-Asmakh, is populated predominately by male economic workers, attracting flows of migrants from African and Asian countries including: Ghana, Somalia, Ethiopia, Benin, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Egypt, Bangladesh and Nepal working in construction and the service sectors. Furthermore, a rapidly growing…show more content…
Accordingly, Walter Benjamin’s concept of the ‘Dialectical Image’ is significant in project development, and mobility and migration are themes utilised to encounter architecture with audio-visual and sonic media. The presence of shadows in the pictures indicates the uniform and solid reality of the buildings, yet light is contingent and obscures or opens up sites seen in the cityscape (Borden, 62, Buck Morse, 210–215). Consequently, these shared spaces where a multiplicity of events occur generates what Gilles Deleuze defines as ‘distributed space’ where chance plays a significant part in redefining ‘the distribution of space’ (Gilbert, 95-96). Subsequently, exposing sites where social and structural infrastructure merge to form and enhance the ocular dialectic portrayed in the images. As a result, exposing traces of precarious communal activity or unofficial organisation via audio-visual media identifies how construction processes could be informed and reproduced by the people who build as much as those who design Gulf cities. The project divides into two parts, in addition to written reflections and photographs focusing on nocturnal sites, the work-in-progress aims to consider how ocular and auditory landscapes seem to have no distinct presence or absence in and around building developments in Doha. So, over time complex and prolonged audio-visual processes have evolved in the research. Influenced by the co-presence of
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