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

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

Isometric drawing

Installation shots of the atrium by day with film loops.

Installation shots of the atrium by day with film loops.

Installation shots of the atrium by night with film loops.

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