This project is concerned with identity loss that Brighton is undergoing and attempts to highlights the hybridity we currently live in as we transition from the analogue world to a digital configuration. After extensive research into Brighton and the many faces it has worn from its renovations by Prince Regent to what it is now, one of the fastest gentrifying cities in the United Kingdoms, my focus became on what role technology plays in the loss of identity. I choose to turn the building into a microcosm for them to define their identity in, my proposal not only serves as a dwelling but as an atelier that functions autonomously – accelerating the transformation of the building as a result of digital revolution and exploring its effects in the personal sphere.
The building structure has a robotics arm attached to its truss system that enables it to paint with precision, part mechanical and part automated, on large Birchwood canvases (after the work of artist Raqib Shaw). The upper half of the appendage was made mechanical to make the building carbon neutral, but also to define the painting process as a collaboration between the resident and the robotics Artificial Intelligence; while one relies on the other in order to perform their tasks while bringing into question the function and new standing of the resident. The movement of the spaces and the robotics appendage has been carefully thought out and orchestrated to suit the dichotomous nature of the spaces in the building as they transition between private spaces for the resident and work space for the atelier (appendage); affecting the self-image of the inhabitants and they’re relation to the outer world; an interplay that blurs boundaries of the original and the copy; the microcosm and the macrocosm and the digital and the physical. All this being done by re-inhabiting the site on western road, Brighton, without damaging the external façade of the existing structure.