Wallpaper* Urban Addition. Milano

Spazio Hogan. Milan / 2001 / Wallpaper* Magazine UK

Wallpaper* Urban Addition. Milano

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Spazio Hogan. Milan / 2001 / Wallpaper* Magazine UK


The venue of the disused Riva workshops is divided into different thematic areas. The bare and dark hall is followed by a single great hall where eleven regular furrows are opened on the ground, each of them carrying tilted mirrors that refelect the images of the objects exhibited below, enlighting and articulating the space: the visitors move through a landscape of addition and subtraction poised between reality and its double.

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Syncronized videos and partial images of urban facades run across each other in longitudinal strips on giant screens, like sequences of urban settings in motion, seen from the window of a moving bus. They define the dark limits of the building, whose inner surfaces were entirely colored black and whose skylights have been completely obscured.  By using nothingness – i.e. darkness – as raw material, we are reminded that light is everything. A ten meters high volume hosts the prefabricated house designed by architect Oscar Kaufmann; outside, some backlit silk-screen prints reproduce stylized facades. Intense and reflected fluorescent lights and dynamic projections define a three-dimensional space in the darkness, articulating a clear path through the revealed images.

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The venue of the disused Riva workshops is divided into different thematic areas. The bare and dark hall is followed by a single great hall where eleven regular furrows are opened on the ground, each of them carrying tilted mirrors that refelect the images of the objects exhibited below, enlighting and articulating the space: the visitors move through a landscape of addition and subtraction poised between reality and its double. Syncronized videos and partial images of urban facades run across each other in longitudinal strips on giant screens, like sequences of urban settings in motion, seen from the window of a moving bus. They define the dark limits of the building, whose inner surfaces were entirely colored black and whose skylights have been completely obscured.  By using nothingness – i.e. darkness – as raw material, we are reminded that light is everything. A ten meters high volume hosts the prefabricated house designed by architect Oscar Kaufmann; outside, some backlit silk-screen prints reproduce stylized facades. Intense and reflected fluorescent lights and dynamic projections define a three-dimensional space in the darkness, articulating a clear path through the revealed images.

urban-addition-1
urban-addition-5
urban-addition-9
urban-addition-4
urban-addition-2
urbana_5
urban-addition-3
urbana_4

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