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The Uncertainty of a Moving Diptych

Stills from the video - Ephraim Joris

The paper ‘The Uncertainty of a Moving Diptych’ by AP’s Design Director Ephraim Joris will be presented at the conference Moving Images – Static Spaces: Architectures, Art, Media, Film, Digital Art and Design organised by AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society), an international nonprofit research organisation. The conference will be held in Istanbul on the 12-13 April 2018 at the Altinbaş University  (Istanbul Kemerburgaz University) – for more info and registration please click here.

‘The Uncertainty of a Moving Diptych’ 


This paper reflects on a video installation presented at the Flemish Architectural Institute in December 2017 as part of the exhibition ‘Drawing Ambience, Alvin Boyarsky and the Architecture Association’. The installation portrays a drawing of a cranial figure subjected to consecutive moments of subtraction as it negotiates a relationship with an etching by Alexander Brodsky in which a male figure holds a building. This particular installation forms part of an ongoing research by Architecture Project with which alternative strategies are explored to algebraic architecture; a discourse in which architectures are established as the constitution of parts. This research, titled ‘Monolith Drawing’ has been situated within the maelstrom of ancient and current day architecture to explore and (re)deploy the idea of ‘ex uno lapide’ (1) in the production of current day architecture. The extraction of an architectural figure from a single volume as opposed to constructing architecture by means of various components is a measure to question architectural production. The video installation, as shown at the Flemish Architectural Institute, permits a viewing of a coming-into-being of an architectural figure; unstable by nature, for the drawing is both static (as a matter of fact) and subject to the idea of speed. Fluctuations of the pictorial surface allow for the drawing to perpetually reconstitute its (re)presentational status as it speaks of consecutive moments of transformation. The resulting diptych, fluctuating between appearance and disappearance wants to resist the depiction of a constitutional reality. Instead, the diptych holds a perpetual uncertainty as it seeks to combine perception with transformation, past with present, architecture with organic unity.

(1) A favorite topoi of classical literature the principle of ‘ex uno lapide’ first appears in Albert’s treatise on sculpture. His writing develops observations by Diodorus Siculus on the proportion system of Egyptian sculptors.



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