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Interview with Christine Elson – elsonstudio: Conflated Views, DesignTO

I recently interviewed Christine Elson of elsonstudio about her current exhibition Conflated Views online at DesignTO. Trained as an architect, Christine has worked with museums, galleries, and other cultural clients for over 10 years, developing engaging exhibitions, installations, and activations.

The project revisits past exhibition projects designed by elsonstudio, creating flattened representations of the original space. The exhibition design convention of conflating elevation and plan is further abstracted, resulting in collaged works that reference the original exhibition while creating a theoretical space that exists on the drawing surface alone. The viewer is given a bird’s eye perspective that the visitor does not have access to — an ability to see all of the works in their spatial configuration at a glance. Rather than circulating through the space, they are able to consume it with an omniscient gaze.

Watch our interview below:

Links that were shared during the interview:

Christine Elson also has a show with Meghan Price at insideoutsidein currently on show at Harbourfront Centre.

insideoutsidein takes inspiration from the notion of “future anthropology” and from Gottfried Semper’s 19th-century text The Four Elements of Architecture, which describes the inherent role of textiles in the origins of architecture.

Central to the installation is a series of five handwoven textiles: tongue-shaped panels composed of pink waste plastic. Moving over, under and through minimal structures, the textiles give form to a space that is at once architectural and biological, exterior and interior.

Richelle Sibolboro
Richelle Sibolboro

Design strategist and content creator for hire with a passion for arts and culture specifically in design, architecture, and travel. She has produced content for designboom, Azure magazine, Open City Projects, Digifest, and World Design Weeks. Follow her on Instagram and LinkedIn.

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