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Project records from Neil Denari

Project records from Neil Denari

Part of

People

  • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)
  • Duks Koschitz (animator)
  • Michiharu Shimoda (graphic designer)

Title

Project records from Neil Denari

Dates of creation

1994 - 2004

Level of archival description

Series

Extent and Medium

  • 4003 digital files (1 GB)
  • 73 photograhic materials
  • 7 drawings and reprographic copies
  • 5 ephemera
  • 2 video cassettes

Scope and Content

The Project records from Neil Denari series, 1994 – 2004, consists of records produced by Denari for his show “Interrupted Projections” at Gallery MA in Tokyo, Japan. It documents the development and final design for the principal architectural installation built on the third level of the gallery, as well as related materials displayed on the gallery’s fourth floor. The series also contains photographic and video documentation of the exhibit, the show catalogue, and promotional materials.

The series includes 4003 digital files (1 GB), 53 slides, 21 transparencies, seven drawings and/or reprographic copies, two VHS video cassettes, one exhibition catalogue, and a small amount of promotional material comprising one large and two small posters, one postcard, and one t-shirt.

The majority of records date from 1994-1996.

Denari used a combination of physical drawings and digital modelling to draft the design for Interrupted Projections. The series contains one ink drawing and one transfer print with plans and sections of the third floor gallery space, two reprographic copies of drawings with elevations and plans of existing conditions of the third and fourth floors at Gallery MA, and three graphite hand drawings of the installation.

Digital files in the series include two original Softimage databases containing full and partial 3D models of the installation, as well as one forward-migrated database containing models compiled from the two original databases. The original models were created in Softimage ’95 on Windows NT and will not open in contemporary versions of Autodesk Softimage. The forward-migrated model database was created by members of Autodesk’s Montreal office for the Archaeology of the Digital exhibition Complexity and Convention and will open in Softimage 2014.

Each Softimage model database is made up of several directories that contain information necessary to render all models and their animation into a “scene” (such as textures, lighting, camera movements, etc.). When the Interrupted Projections models were migrated, the information from all directories in both original databases was compiled into the Scenes directory of a single database. These updated scene files (SCN) contain all the elements needed to render the models without the need for additional directories. Each scene file has a corresponding scene TOC file (scene table of content), which can be used to further modify the information in the scene.

Scene files in the migrated database contain full and partial models for Interrupted Projections, including one animated scene that follows a camera path through the interior and exterior of the final model. These files document the various stages of design work for the project, as well as Denari’s use of animation features in Softimage to visualize and study the spatial character of his drawings.

Project collaborator Duks Koschitz created additional animations of the model that were edited and shown on the fourth floor of the exhibition. A compilation of his work is included on a VHS tape in the archive. The video, which spans one minute 16 seconds, contains four animations that move around the 3D gallery space. Koschitz attempted to reflect the concerns of the project in the movements of the camera, focusing on details such as the fictional company logos or curvatures in the surface of the model.

The majority of photographic materials in the series are digital renderings of the model, comprising 38 slides, 14 diapositives, and seven digital images. Photographic materials also include images of the completed show, including seven diapositives that document the built work from various views on the third floor of Gallery MA, as well as the exhibition of materials on the fourth floor. A small number of slides document the exhibit open to the public, and include images of visitors interacting with the Sony Navicam. Most of the diapositive photographs and a small number of slides were taken by Fujitsuka Mitsumasa, a photographer of architecture based in Tokyo.

A second VHS tape in the archive provides in-depth documentation of the Interrupted Projections exhibition, containing 45 minutes of raw video footage that explores Gallery MA and surrounding areas of Tokyo.

The Interrupted Projections book contains in print the text and images from the installation and website. It was written by Denari and designed by Michiharu Shimoda, a graphic designer and underground trip-hop artist who was also responsible for the design of the fictional logos used in the exhibit. The book acts as an extension of the content of the show, as well as exhibition catalogue, and covers Denari’s other projects represented in the show.

The series also contains a small amount of promotional media for Interrupted Projections, including one large and two small posters, a postcard, and a t-shirt.

Reference Number

AP168.S1

Physical Description

Digital files in this series must be viewed used Softimage 2014, available on the CAD workstation located in the library reading room.

Arrangement

Material in this series is arranged at the file-level according to material type, based on the organization done by Denari in anticipation of being donated to CCA.

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.001
    • Title: Drawing and reprographic print with third floor plan and sections for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 drawing with plans and sections, ink on mylar, and 1 reprographic print of drawing with third floor plans and section, photomechanical transfer print on bond

    Dimensions:

    sheet (largest): 91x122cm; sheet (smallest): 44x39cm

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.002
    • Title: Reprographic copies of drawings with elevations and third floor plan of existing conditions for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 reprographic copies of drawings with elevations and plans, photocopy on bond

    Dimensions:

    45x60cm

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

    Folder Number:

    168-002-01

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.003
    • Title: Drawings with plans and sections for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 drawings of plans and sections, graphite on velum

    Dimensions:

    45x60cm

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

    Folder Number:

    168-002-02

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.004
    • Title: Promotional poster for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: graphic materials
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 poster

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

    Folder Number:

    168-002-03

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.005
    • Title: Promotional posters and pamphlets for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: graphic materials
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 posters and 1 pamphlet

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

    Folder Number:

    168-003-01

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.006
    • Title: Exhibition catalogue for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: graphic materials
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)
    • Michiharu Shimoda (graphic designer)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 exhibition catalogue

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

    Folder Number:

    168-003-02

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.007
    • Title: Transparencies of exhibition space and renderings of 3D model for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 21 transparencies

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

    Folder Number:

    168-003-03

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.008
    • Title: Slides of exhibition space and renderings of 3D model for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 52 slides

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

    Folder Number:

    168-003-04

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.009
    • Title: Promotional t-shirt for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: graphic materials
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 t-shirt

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.010
    • Title: Video cassettes of 3D animation and raw exhibition footage for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 VHS cassettes

    Physical Description:

    Requires specialized playback equipment. Please contact reference for more details (ref@cca.qc.ca)

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.011
    • Title: Softimage model databases with full and section 3D models and animation, digital photographs, and renderings for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 1996
    • Form: models, born digital, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "DATA___IMAGES". Most common file formats: Unidentified, Plain Text File, Tagged Image File Format, OLE2 Compound Document Format, Truevision TGA Bitmap.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3959 digital files (1 GB)

    Physical Description:

    The 3D models of the “Interrupted Projections” installation were created in Softimage ’95 on Windows NT. These files will not open in contemporary versions of Autodesk Softimage. A converted version of both 3D models will open in Softimage 2014 (installed on the dedicated CAD workstation available to researchers in the Study Room), created from the original by members of Autodesk’s Montreal office, is available by request at AP168.S1.011.FM.

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

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    • Reference Number: AP168.S1.011.FM
    • Title: Forward migrated Softimage model database with full and section 3D models and animation for Interrupted Projections
    • Dates of creation: 2015-2016
    • Form: models, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Neil M. Denari (archive creator)

    Description:

    Most common file formats: OLE2 Compound Document Format, Extensible Markup Language, Unidentified, Audio/Video Interleaved Format, Plain Text File. Files were migrated by Montreal's Autodesk office in 2015 as part of the preparation for the Archeology of the Digital Complexity and Convention exhibit.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 44 digital files (158 MB)

    Physical Description:

    Files can be opened in Softimage 2014 installed on the dedicated CAD workstation available to researchers in the Study Room. Files from both original databases have been compiled into the "Scenes" folder.

    Credit line:

    Neil Denari Interrupted Projections project records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Don de Neil Denari/
    Gift of Neil Denari

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