Border-Line(n): Fringe Installation

Border-Line(n) actualizes concepts explored from a graduate seminar class from spring 2013 titled Border-Line(s): Edge Ecologies, which investigated and acted upon existing border-line conditions. The installation, which bisects the heavily traveled first floor corridor of Crosby Hall at the University at Buffalo acts as a soft, permeable boundary between the two sides of the hallway. Interspersed magenta ribbons dodge in zigzags around ceiling light fixtures while connecting to a straight line down the middle of the corridor.

Its presence acts upon the ecology of the building, creating a physical border in the building, as well as visual tension across the hall. The Border-Line(n) is meant to highlight the potential ability of a single line. Its confrontational nature has an effect on the occupants of the building and acts as a reminder of the power of a line. It attempts to make explicit the notion that in architecture, a line is not just a line, but a notation of the inclusion/exclusion of spaces, which in its thickness has an implicit agenda that is political in nature.

Crosby Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY



Gregory Serweta, Stephanie Vito