car part II, new bastard: cranes lift NNG roof into place (while removing potsdamer platz rubble)
… first part of the mies/corb hybrid; looking outside the red funnel one will see the roof corner of national gallery as mies did – looking INSIDE the green funnel one will see front part of the car with parthenon in the back… will start using black as a background for “behind the sections” as u r not supposed to see them (although they are the actual subjects of interest)
… trying to work on too many things at once kept me from thinking about how to build the physical model. unfortunately most if the fragments are simply too small to be build, so i have to rethink and re-scale most of them :/ at the moment i feel like i have to step back from everything and start with thinking about simple relationships/sections one by one; otherwise it’ll ACTUALLY end up as a pile of shit!
Stonehenge, Inigo Jones on Stonehenge, Inigo Jones’s St Paul’s Facade, Great Fire of London, Monument to the Great Fire of London, Parthenon, Corbusier’s Towards a New Architecture cover image, Mercedes Mies, Potsdamer Platz, the Devil’s Mountain, Albert Speer’s University, Palazzo dei Congressi, Lipari Church, Capri Peninsula, NY 5 exhibiting at Model as Idea Exhibition, Matta-Clark Window Blow Out, NY Grid, Jeffrey’s Greenwich Village Apartment, Fresh Kills Landfill, Venturi’s Mother’s House
i started looking at stonehenge and ended up with staten island fresh kills landfill… its a connected narrative; each dot connects to another. these objects (more will follow) are creating the basic trajectory/topography once put in 3D. other narratives will follow when new backgrounds are overlaid…
… according to miller’s law a person is unable to consciously focus on more than the “magical number 7 +/- 2″. in order to connect the grains in their entirety (including the countless crosslinks and events combining them), one has to become selective. after creating a mountain full of potential objects/relationships i attempt to scan/dig/cut and dissect it.
The landscape you are gazing at is manmade: its ground consists of limitless knowledge, fiction, facts and data – layered, held together and compressed by its very own gravity. Some is crushed or broken, some is ground to indistinguishable matter, some remains unchanged.
Although the mountains you are facing seem timeless and immutable they have no fixed format, but grow and erode simultaneously. Do you know what is concealed from your view, veiled under its surface or buried deep into the ground?
To find your way you must map the landscape, dissect its formations and project your findings back onto it…
Malaparte’s peninsula inverted to cave; shadowy underground national gallery perceived as blind mies did; Bronx projects site boundary as physical threshold; Matta-Clark as mineworker…
Speculating on a ground/topography/landscape as conceptual as well as material device of separation… each individual moment is perceived in itself, yet, connection can be made via the surface… plato cave analogy: casting shadows into future; by covering up the precedents they become protected/preserved/controlled by the future yet to come; unknown/yet to be discovered burial sites/tunnels/connections? … word vomit!
I am working in a palimpsest for the future. It consists of a number of moments in time from present/past/future… so there is Mies in in car (Brett said last friday, there’re rumours he was almost blind at the end of his life – hence his vision of the NNG), there is Malaparte’s walk in the mountains, when he saw the church in his Lipari exile and the Bronx housing projects Matta-Clark photographed for the exhibition. These are moments of the past (black mountain & movies I’m working on). A palimpsest of the future would be an overlay of anticipated or scheduled events.. so maybe buses arriving on site, or a planned exhibition at the NNG. As these aren’t clear or have ranges (e.g. weather predicted between 17-19 degrees) they are more like traces than facts. the last image is by Cy Twombly; it is a palimpsest drawing as hes been erasing and overwriting it several times. the future might look similarly unclear/half-true.. etc.
been looking into different ways of drawing timelines… thought i should share this with you. the bible timeline is quite confusing but it shows how one can draw various timelines and combine/clash them..
… I know it boring (and forbidden) diagrams again; but its interesting that I wouldn’t know exactly where to place this post… Its fullers amazing diagram of accelerating inventions from the industrial revolution onwards… and Ray Kurzweil’s “Law of Accelerating Returns – It kind of fits with the galaxy of talents at Black Mountain College as well as the future that won’t be in the future in the future anymore.. or its just a great link!!!
After yesterdays disagreement I hope to clarify my position by pointing out that Mies in his car, standing in front of the main entrance, could only have gazed eastwards. Therefore he was looking at The Wall!