Christopher Humphrey

‘Canary’ed, Yellow’


Perry Kulper


The thesis provocatively probes the generative uses of history, material extraction, and architectural devices to reveal site specific narratives.

The practice of material extraction leaves areas, once wealthy, in geologic and economic ruin - wastelands replete with hidden potential. To address these kinds of sites more broadly, while engaging with the specifics of a place, a narrative unfolds from the within a derelict stone quarry - a part of the Indiana limestone network. Here, machinic devices, semi sentient in nature and rangy in scale and task, work to re-quarry the site. In the endeavors, the devices confront and engage myriad historical, political, material, and practiced complexities of the site.

Engagement with the content of the work is structured through situationally specific devices, metaphorically, historically, and operationally charged. The devices emerge, formally co-opting industrial remnants of the quarries former life but draw upon mythology, digital inputs, historic techniques, and climatology, amongst many other influences, to rationalize their tasks.

In the end, the thesis utilizes invented devices in a richly embroidered situation to challenge the typical understanding of site, material practices, and role of making.