dialogue #10 ‘dissecting reality’

'dissecting reality'

Maps

With the help of a map, one gets orientation and can define its own position within its surrounding and (urban) landscape. Before digitalization, schools used big maps (being an printed object) to show kids in an overall view where they are living within the world and what the neighbors are (beside also forming a nationalistic identity). So this ist the first time a kid gets a picture of the world, everybody is talking about, and starts differentiating between landscape, urban space and nature space. So I used these old school maps to make my own new pictures and see what they show us today, or what kind of pictures they can give us today. This screenshot shows my own playground, with different pictures, still open in which directions it goes.

21.01.2018 Zürich

 

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The creative power of collage

Now, suddenly, it stands still. Finally, synthesized in the pictorial; after an intense struggle of forces; a process of brutally cutting the incorporated reality into pieces, while simultaneously creating a new, sort of irritating, spatial constellation. The collage is an actor in dynamic urban processes; a powerful source of ideas; a medium of radical abstraction; as well as an independent representational technique; creating moments of confusion and insecurity, where unexpected spaces of possibilities and intentions become reality. As an architect involved in practice and research in Switzerland, I am engaging with contemporary design methods and urban practices in Switzerland. More precisely, I am critically questioning the general attitude behind design decisions in order to investigate the system of values and cultural consensus of contemporary architectural and urban practices against the background of an increasing diversity of urban design solutions. 12.2017 Zürich

 

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