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    Sissy O'Neill

    "The Barras Kilt"- Calton Community Performance Venue

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    The Architecture of Performance - Visual Experiment

    This project explored how the intrinsic rhythm of movement can enable social inclusion via performance.




    The Barralands Kilt borrows from and embeds
    Scottish culture and traditions to create a building
    where movement is both part of the form and
    purpose. The redesign uses the principles of movement
    to create an architectonic form, where the
    public are encouraged to reassess their relationship
    with their social identity through the medium
    of performance.
    The Barras Market signifies people, movement and
    performance. This new civic realm had to incorporate
    those elements.
    Inclusivity is the guiding principle of the modern
    Scottish meritocracy. The Barralands Kilt delivers
    cultural diversity through an alchemy of spaces
    and social inclusion via performance. This building
    epitomises cultivation of artistic expression and
    experience. By entering this space patrons are categorised
    through their activities and all movement
    can become a socially inclusive performance.
    The creation of form then reflects an architectural
    performance. This visual experiment of performance
    displays that minimum and maximum
    movements are visible in the spent space of a performer,
    while their horizontal and vertical absent
    space draws the viewer into the action.
    Materials such as glass or perforated metal panels
    help exaggerate the fundamental rhythm of
    movement occurring within these visual structures
    and alter how performance is perceived: is ballet
    elegant or furious; is boxing weighted or delicate?
    Under the roof kilt, our inclusive contemporary
    cultural Scottish expression expands and shifts.
    This civic cultural centre releases performance from
    the restrictions of social exclusivity. The fundamental
    rhythms of movement intrinsically fabricate
    a building central to an expression of modern
    Calton, while retaining the elemental performance
    space of The Barras Market.

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