ECHO

The promise of the glass building as transparent skin and reflective space became a site to interrogate notions of subjectivity as an architecture of representation and exclusion re-figured through the myth of Echo & Narcissus. Commissioned by MoMA, NYC for Cesar Pelli’s building (now demolished) each image presented a conundrum. These loops show lost men, quite literally reflecting on their lives while attempting to negotiate or escape from impossible spaces such as the ubiquitous ‘infinity’ chamber bathroom, a swimming pool, a Japanese garden and an elevator. In the end, it is only Echo’s voice that remains.

Installation: 2-sided slide/film/sound projection
Dimensions variable
First exhibited Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 1986

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Video excerpt

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Installation showing 1964 World’s Fair globe in derelict, circa 1964, park in front of the Queen’s Museum. Windows in sky are two film loops

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Isometric drawing

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Installation shots of the atrium by day with film loops.

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Installation shots of the atrium by day with film loops.

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Installation shots of the atrium by night with film loops.