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Art Review: TEXT AS TEXT II

The compulsion of reading textual works is found to be influential for all kind of scripts, with the reader trained to read the text or not. A logical mind is aware that the texts, unlike the visuals, have a relatively higher probability of correct interpretation of the message. Yet the diverse modes of linguistic constructs succeed in maintaining the barrier for direct communication.
Work by Jeetandar Ojha, Art Scene India

A Downsized Manhattan Between Analogy and Abstraction

“Roosevelt Island Housing, competition” by O.M. Ungers (1975)

In 1975, German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers took part in the “Roosevelt Island Housing”, a competition sponsored by the State’s Urban Development Corporation for the planning of a neighborhood on the East River in front of Manhattan. Ungers’ entry is a downsized and simplified Manhattan, adapted to the proportions of Roosevelt Island and with a direct morphological reference to the original. A system of urban villas and towers are distributed on a regular grid. While Manhattan’s streets and avenues are transformed into pedestrian pathways, Manhattan’s original Central Park is directly quoted at the center of the urban scheme for a system of public spaces and a swimming pool. Each housing block (60 by 120 feet) hosts from 25 to 35 apartments for different incomes.

 

Imaginary Places for Mundane Activities: Works by Max Guther

Max Guther is a German illustrator who constructs imaginary worlds through axonometric projections. His images usually depict details from urban views or building corners. While appearing realistic at a first glance, they suddenly reveal their digital fabrication, mostly executed through 3D and Photoshop and a palette of pastel colors.

The angles of view and the use of visual tricks to reveal the interior of the constructed realities echoes classic video-game interfaces such as the ones of SimCity or The Sims. Realistically portrayed human figures inhabit the scenes while engaging in mundane activities, paradoxically conferring the scenes a surreal vibe.

 

Illustrations for Space 10’s lecture series ’Designing for Shared Living’:

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