"the city of sophronia is made up of two half-cities. in one there is the great roller coaster with its steep humps, the carousel with its chain spokes, the ferris wheel of spinning cages, the death-ride with crouching motorcyclists, the big top with the clump of trapezes hanging in the middle. the other half-city is of stone and marble and cement, with the bank, the factories, the palaces, the slaughter-house, the school, and all the rest. one of the half-cities is permanent, the other is temporary, and when the period of its sojourn is over, they uproot it, dismantle it, and take it off, transplanting it to the vacant lots of another half-city. and so every year the day comes when the workmen remove the marble pediments, lower the stone walls, the cement pylons, take down the ministry, the monument, the docks, the petroleum refinery, the hospital, load them on trailers, to follow from stand to stand their annual itinerary. here remains the half-sophronia of the shooting-galleries and the carousels, the shout suspended from the cart of the headlong roller coaster, and it begins to count the months, the days it must wait before the caravan returns and a complete life can begin again.” from: invisible cities by italo calvino

le carnivále flottant(2008) draws inspiration from turn of the century american traveling carnivals, non-moving locations like coney island and brighton pier as well as riverboats, barges, rossi’s teatro del mundo, and the excerpt above from calvino’s invisible cities. the carnival is not sited on land, but rather on the river thames, traveling from one place to the next, stopping at sites such as deptford creek, southwark, and waterloo. this floating carnival contains a mixture of ready made, yet modified, manufactured boat types, perceivably ships bought used over the years that were than converted or modified to support their use within the carnival. similar to bangkok’s floating market, le carnivále flottant appears as a mish mash of boats connected together by planks and platforms, always ready to be dismantled and moved to somewhere else.


exhibit 01: deptford creek (collage of site)
exhibit 02: deptford creek (collage of site)
exhibit 03: freak show boat typology, plans and sections (open and closed states)
exhibit 04: freak show boat cluster, plan
exhibit 05: freak show boat cluster, section
exhibit 06: fortune teller boat cluster, process sketch
exhibit 07: fortune teller boat typology, plans and sections (opened and closed states)
exhibit 08: fortune teller boat cluster, plan
exhibit 09: stage show boat typology, plan and sections (opened and closed states)
exhibit 10: stage show boat cluster, plan and section
exhibit 11: storage boat typology, plans and sections (opened and closed states)
exhibit 12: concessions boat typology, plans and sections (opened and closed states)
exhibit 13: ferris wheel boat typology, plans and sections(opened state only)
exhibit 14: overall carnivále plan, deptford creek area location
exhibit 15: overall carnivále plan, southwark/tate modern area location
exhibit 16: overall carnivále plan, waterloo/london "eye" area location
exhibit 17: overall carnivále, model view
exhibit 18: overall carnivále, model view