***The table as artefact is a piece of furniture that keeps things off the floor. It makes a connection between people sitting around it. It gathers a series of artefacts or unrelated artefacts. Like in a field, there is no hierarchy between the objects.
Eisenman, Kubrick and Barragan sitting around a table, while Eisenman cuts a map of the Nazca Lines together with the bedroom of House VI:
***The table as narrative is a frame/container that draws connection between selected artefacts. It can be rearranged. It can go back and forth from Tabula Rasa to Tabula Plena. It can change scale from being a miniature to being a territory. It is viewed from an aerial view, but it can change orientation – floor/wall/ceiling.
***The image as artefact is a stable record of reality, which projects a clear idea (not so much open to interpretation). It reduces the changing, the evolving, the monumental, and the three-dimensional into the fixed two dimensional representation. It turns culture to commodity (as artefact it can be reproduced). It’s uninhabited space.
***The image as narrative is an unstable tableau where reality can constantly be re-read and decoded. It alludes to what happened before it and what might happen next. It could easily capture a different moment in a certain sequence of events while remaining the same image.
Pairs of images as artefact / narrative: