Jessica Pompei, Support Act [×]
Support is needed more than ever within the present global situation of the pandemic. We are living in an uncomfortable situation and are lacking a sense of connection. Support can be a form of comfort and well-being. The origin of the word comfort translates as something that is strengthening, supportive and consoling, which produces the provocation for this research inquiry. The research explores how techniques and ideas in comfort and support are more than a subjective experience and propose ways to offer a means of support by bringing people together to facilitate togetherness.
The research questions how a practice of interior design acts as a framework of support to facilitate and program togetherness? Retail has been profoundly impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic and sites across the city are becoming empty or put up for lease. This research project has responded to this emergent situation by exploring support as an agile and provisional structure that can activate these unoccupied spaces to foster neighbourhood and community.
Support Act is an assortment of programs through material assemblages within the site of 1069 Mt. Alexander Road, Essendon, located in a retail precinct. The project aims to create an event out of temporal systems of support to produce cultural and creative infrastructure. The structures are frames and platforms that allow for people temporarily occupying the space to use and engage with depending on their needs. The project employs techniques of physical joinery and furniture arrangements that become platforms for conversation, display, retail, art and community engagement. Furthermore, the project looks to blur the boundary between private retail space and community by connecting these two entities through the façade.