The proposal is temporary because that is the nature of any political situation: it can change and be adapted to whatever needs to be shown/displayed at the moment. Thus I think I should develop several potential political situations, and according configurations of the proposal.
The proposal itself does not travel. If it would travel, it would be seen as a portable parade/propaganda tool that demonstrates the ‘amazing success of the political model of the new City of London’ to the rest of the country/world; I think this would be a slightly different direction for the project because:
- In a travelling version, the project would become less attached to the City itself and its political process, and more to do with its representation to the outside, to other cities
- The travelling will happen electronically through virtual networks anyway
And virtual travel also allows to develop the physical things more in relation to, for example, placement of cameras and other things that will virtualize the proposal. The static-ness should apply to most of the project – perhaps some parts can be travelling or modular of some kind that can be applied to other situations where ‘political climate could be improved’ – after all, the proposal is supposed to be a prototype.
So, instead the proposal is static within the Guildhall complex, but transient in time – like the parade, changing according to the requirements of each year (month, week, decade, etc.) and specially adapting when the real parade happens – for one day, blending into one entity with it.
I’ll continueto develop the project as a combination of (mostly) versions 1&2 (version 3 focuses too much on the historical, old Guildhall, but I’d like to keep the cinematic aspect). The continuous version provides the obvious advantage of being continuous and thus better integrating the two parties, but I also want to keep the 3D aspect and more overwhelming busyness of version 1.
Perhaps the ground level can be edited to create an almost continuous surface, on which some of the old buildings (which would still be used) still stand on what results as podiums (cinematic views – like the steps of St. Paul’s) but the rest is filled with action, extending some levels above – but not much. The top levels then can be even more fake, with super-lightweight construction and blow-up dolls “working” instead of people (only seen as silhouettes from below).