The tunnel exists as a non space, transitory, unnoticed in the day, a passageway that transforms in the night, free from reality, free from the law. The morning cleans away the remnants of its true identity. Hovering ‘surveillance’ floats away empty as they began. Walls are crumbling, steeped in green, its ancient bones creaking with every carriage passing above. Nothing pauses within it. No one stops to listen to the chaos it shelters. Everything becomes White Noise.
A Project By: Francine Chan, Jamilya Kulambayeva, Tina Chin, Yijun Xiong
THE ENVIRONMENT KEEPS HAPPENING TO YOU. THE ENVIRONMENT KEEPS HAPPENING TO ME. VAUXHALL. ARCHES. TUNNELS. TRAINS. VIBRATIONS. ECHOS.VEHICLES.BUSES.CARS.TAXIS.BICYCLES.TAXI STANDS.STREET SIGNS. WIND.RAIN.PEOPLE.WALKING.RUNNING.TALKING.BUSINESSMEN.CHILDREN.TRAVELLERS.FAMILIES.OLD.YOUNG.DIM.WARM.WALLS.BRICKS.HOLES.OLD.LUGGAGES.SOUND.RATTLING.WATER.LEAKS.PIPES.DRIPPING.MOSS.SLIPPERY.DAMP.RUBBISH.BINS.LITTER.NEWSPAPER.CIGERATTE ENDS. JOINTS. WEED. DRUGS. LAUGHING GAS. CANNISTERS. DRUGDEALERS. GATE. STONES. CLUB. FIRE. LIGHTBOX.BOUNCERS.PARTIES.ILLUSIONS.DYNAMIC.OVERWHELMING.
A void within the state exists in this tunnel. Sort of like a black hole intersecting the roads between the MI6 headquarters and a police station. Free of surveillance beyond CCTV vans and police patrols at specific times, this tunnel contains its own ecosystem where families, travelers, businessmen, drug dealers, and party-goers exist in the same space. There’s an arch leading to a nightclub, a catalyst for the commotions that happen here. From violence to antisocial behavior, as a space of transit to a paradise free from the watchful eye of the state. Nothing more than a tunnel for commuters, a place of escape for those who care to dwell. Masked by the overwhelming sights and sounds that surround it, the dark tunnel through Vauxhall Arches.
White noise currently dominates the tunnel, affected by the trains overhead, buses, people and the overall environment. This is further amplified by the tunnel’s echo. Our aim is to present the tunnel’s atmosphere through participatory design not just affected by users but the natural environment like the wind, vibrations and transportation.
Our research statistics will be used to determine the timing of this event.
This tunnel makes use of both selfish design and social design because as an individual can affect the space to make sounds for the sole purpose of personal enjoyment, it’s also a social design as people who require information about the tunnel can learn to read queues through the “music” produced