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The Blossoming of Perspective: A Study
This project consists of an exhibition of sole-authored design work, The Blossoming of Perspective, London, Domo Baal, 2007, including five new research artefacts, as well as drawings, paintings, collages and models, studying the underlying architecture of Marcel Duchamp’s secret pornographic assemblage, ‘Given: 1st the waterfall, 2nd the illuminating gas, 1946–66’ (‘Given’). The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue of selected drawings, including a sole-authored essay, ‘Given: The Corridor, the Tower and the Fall’; and essays by four invited critics from art and architecture: TJ Demos, Jonathan Hill, Lorens Holm and Brigid Mc Leer; see Penelope Haralambidou (ed.), The Blossoming of Perspective: A Study (London: Domo Baal Editions, 2006). Questions/Aims/Objectives The project critiques a mode of architectural drawing still dependent on a Cartesian understanding of space and closely connected with the Renaissance invention of linear perspective and the monocular visual pyramid. Contexts Inspired by Jean-Francois Lyotard’s reading of ‘Given’ as an incarnation, but also inversion, of the rules of linear perspective, this exhibition of drawings studies its spatial arrangement in search of an alternative understanding of visual space. Drawing on Duchamp’s term ‘blossoming’, which is seen as connected with stereoscopy, The Blossoming of Perspective analyses ‘Given’ as a physically constructed stereo-drawing, attempting to unlock the erotic potential of spatial representation. Methods The exhibited work lies between architectural design, art practice/history and critical theory and uses drawing as a critical method. A new work, a full-scale drawing of Duchamp’s ‘Given’ in steel and waxed thread entitled ‘The Act of Looking’, merges the boundary between sculpture and drawing, using Duchamp’s seminal piece to provide a research tool to inform a wider study of stereoscopy and binocular perception. Dissemination/Esteem Related essays published in Dialogue, n. 106 (2006), pp. 46–47 and Critical Architecture (2007), pp. 225-36. Exhibition previewed in Blueprint and Time Out.
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