Author: André Cusson
Studio: ARCC 3301 – Conservation Studio 1
Professor: Natalia Escobar Castrillón
Year: Fall 2020
A response to the forces of oppression that had attempted to silence the voices of the enslaved population that had once existed on the Belle Alliance Plantation in Louisiana. Rehabilitation efforts within the landowner’s house seek to remove levels of privileged discourse that were bound within enclosed spaces, resulting in an abundant infiltration of the surrounding soundscape. An immersive auditory experience is promoted throughout the site’s newest additions, exploring design methods that create moments of resonance to challenge the historical power dynamics that are embodied within the Antebellum architecture and the exterior landscape. Visitors are confronted by a projected song that interacts with the chosen geometric forms to instill a call for reflection with regard to the injustice and discomfort that is imprinted along their path.