Embedded systems

Embedded systems
Blise Orr
Questioning Western scientific methods of archiving and cataloging the natural world whilst considering the spatial impact

Blise Orr
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Team members
Blise Orr
Field of work
Design, Ecology, Film, Research
Project category
Raising awareness
Project submitted

I am a spatial designer working between research, design and production. I graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2019 with a first class degree in Interior Design. Receiving the prize for most innovative design at Truman Brewary in London at the Interior Educators show.

My work is mostly video and sculptural objects that interrogate citizen science in relation to the natural environment. In July I completed my Master in Interior Architecture and Research in Rotterdam during my studies I was granted a fully funded scholarship place. Since then I have been working on research regarding regeneration of cities and the implications of archiving the natural world in relation to the natural landscape.

Currently I am challenging the boundaries of what architecture is and can be, beyond the expensive fees to label yourself a future builder in the professional field, how can we all adapt ourselves to feel able to construct our own reality? How can we consider the term 'Architect' outside of the legal term that allows the privileged and determined to build the future on our behalf? Can we reckon a new reality and open the minds of the everyday person through art that is both approachable and exciting.

Exhibitions -
Nieuwe Instituut, Anything alive cannot
be in the Gallery space, July 2023

Garage Cafe, Rotterdam NL,
June 2023

Het Hem - Chapter 5ive The countryside Research Exhibition, August 2022

Flevoland Land Art, Flevoland, NL
July 2022

INResidency - Porous Landscapes,
Matera 2019

Glasgow School of Art, Reid
Building, Graduation show 2019

The role of architecture and design for centuries has been to domesticate, control and define the world around us in order to propose an order or hierarchy.

Today, Scientific advancement and rapid technological change are modifying the very parameters through which long standing definitions of nature where constructed, opening possibility to change how we perceive our surroundings.

How recognising alternative perspective enable us to view the landscapes differently.It questions the control that comes with categorising objects but also highlights how this categorisation helps to notate the world around us.

I approached the Rotterdam History Museum to work on a study that explores the digitalisation of their collection for my thesis project. As I continued this research I analysed display techniques and uncovered how designers and architects alike work to represent nature.

At the museum I enquired about any post natural animal in the collection. I was brought a taxidermy parakeet, originally from Pakistan the bird collided with the architecture of the museum in Rotterdam. These animals change the landscape if we see it or not. This work invites us to look closer at the ever changing world around us.

Further to this, I began an enquiry into the post natural landscape with Rich Pell who runs the Post Natural history museum in Pennsylvania. Rich told me about the issues he had with natural history museums and how they fail to include the ever more post natural landscape.

I worked on a video about this matter examining the loss of information in the digitalisation of the natural world in the 21st century.

The conversations created between private collections of the natural world enable us to question the hidden agenda of the institution and modern day Western science in relation to the built environment.