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Central Dis-Chord is an installation created in response to the currently shifting city centre of Dundee. The recent waterfront developments have brought many opportunities and advantages to Dundee; however, as attention has been concentrated on the V&A site, other pre-existing areas have been forgotten. Central Dis-Chord aims to highlight not only the tension that has arisen within the city, but also it's history and neglected locations.
The installation combines a 3D map of Dundee and a triangular apparatus that sits in front - partially obstructing the observers view - reflecting our interpretation of the tension imposed by a city in transition. The map itself represents a linear timeline of Dundee's iconic landmarks; from the creation of the Law through to the V&A, arranged along a horizontal axis. These sites simultaneously occupy positions on the vertical axis, corresponding to their individual latitudes (defined relative to sea level). This emphasises two elements that sets Dundee apart from other cities: it's history and it's topography.
Other monuments include the Royal Arch, Caird Hall, R.R.S. Discovery and Mills Observatory. Each has been interpreted with different model-making techniques from laser cutting to welding to 3D printing. These are overlaid with projected text and images that highlight and provide context to the monuments. The sound of waves accompanied by an image water projects over 'fins' that border the bottom half of the map; these illustrate the River Tay that borders the city.
By hosting the installation in Castle Street Pend, a tunnel that connects Castle street to City Square, Central Dis-Chord seeks to showcase a creative architectural intervention in reigniting pockets of underused space and raise awareness for potential further cultural collaboration to keep the city centre alive.