LT Ranch + ScanLAB Research Project

                LT Ranch Project Space is a site for research, experimentation and collective spatial making. Located in the Northeastern lake and forests district of Lithuania, it has existed in its present condition since 2005. Carefully or accidentally found conditions have been collected and documented, processes observed. Temporal interventions, re-use of existing buildings, processes of the landscape and weather invite through shared dialogue, interested makers and protagonists. Via this story telling and various documentations (images, films etc), a consciousness of a longer history of craft, political conditions, everyday and historical movement of peoples from/to this relatively new-ish democratic zone. These events have begun to leave new traces alongside local flora and fauna, mapping a migratory if transient social ecology, creatively pragmatic, spontaneously whimsical, engaging with processes not yet imagined or encountered. Barn 2B + ScanLAB Projects In 2012 the Ranch invited ScanLAB Projects to collaborate in the re-location of Barn 2B. Matt Shaw, a director of ScanLAB, had been teaching at Canterbury School of Architecture since 2010 and during the course of that time had begun ‘drawing’ and testing terrestrial scanning technology both in an academic, research environment and in practice. ScanLAB Projects, the practice formed in 2010 with Will Trossell, test these ideas in both commercial and creative environments, collaborating with architects, scientists and artists across the world. Survey + Document: tablet Handheld and migratory, the tablet is a prototype of software development, initially intended to test this method of surveying and containing the data and context of this ethnographically relevant barn. It is now an archive of this remote site and intention, engaging with this format to reference the barn in the meanwhile (weathering processes and dismantling) to assist during its reassembly. This mapping travels as a hand-held object, swiped, tapped and interrogated with the eye, haptically referencing the drawn clouds of Barn 2 B. [gallery type="slideshow" ids="3793,3794,3795,3796,3797,3798,3799,3800,3801,3802,3789"] This document has been generously funded by the Research Department at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury School of Architecture, UK. Flights and accommodation funded and provided by the Ranch Project Space. The 5 day scanning trip was supported by the inhabitants of Stučiai.   In 2010 during a Summer Session the neighbor adjacent to the Ranch site, practically donated his ancestral barn to the Ranch, for future uses and events- for the price of making good the landscape underneath. In preparing this undertaking, we were able to establish the non-existence of the barn in any council drawers, thus the naming of the project ‘the ghost of barn 2 B’. By Fall 2012, we had enough funds to travel and scan, translate the data, and develop both the software and the needs of the documentation for moving this barn; dismantling sequences, material connections, and also to function as a funding document as a handheld migratory tablet of various chapters as a form of research to engage with possibilities of the data. The barn in the meanwhile has been stoically standing through 2 more harsh winters, slowly dis-mantling itself, weathering, slipping, and deforming most elegantly. The ready-made material and vernacular composition already readjusting the size and scale. The unusable beginning to migrate in other meanwhile walking projects to Chicago, Whitstable and London.   The relocation has since evolved from a simple move (of 250m)- iterating several possibilities: to rebuild a smaller barn (Barn 2: dis-mantled in 2009) from the remaining usable pieces of Barn 2B, as has been a traditional method of re-use in this remote hamlet, and potentially re-building the Barn 2B as a cast from the data, introducing light to the dark interior, developing methods from the scanned data to enable this barn to conceptually as well as practically re-exist materially.   This collaboration evolves the events, which inhabit the LT Ranch Project Space as a research arm. The Summer Sessions are educational, spontaneous making with students and makers, from on-site responses, weather, eating, responding as well as experimentation with analogue methods of making from found or composite materials; natural and manufactured.   The Ranch is autonomous and non-profit. All funding from public events is returned back into the development of the events and collaborations. A large part of infrastructural preparations have been in kind or on the promise of a warm place to sleep, food and copious amounts of beverages at the fire-side- or return labour.