Discipline + Desire

Investigative Project + Installation at the RCA.

September 2022 - October 2022
MA Interior Design
Royal College of Art

This project aims to uncover the relationship between the landscape and performance art piece "Boot aus Stein" by Hannsjorg Voth and the painting "Venus and Mars" by Sandro Botticelli. An initial exploration into these pieces discovered a conflicting relationship between the two; whilst "Boot aus Stein" is concerned with restraint and discipline, "Venus and Mars" is about a complete defiance of those traits. Through models and drawings, "Venus and Mars" is depicted as being the exterior of Voth's pyramid, placing any distractions into the outside world. The layers of the pyramid can be peeled back, revealing the different instances of self-control Voth enacted during his time there.

This exploration then led to a group project installation. We decided on the idea of creating a viewing device that would highlight specific views outside Stevens Building, RCA that show people spending varying amounts of time. You would then look at these views through “filters” that can affect your perception of time.