Looking for Brunelleschi – 寻找布鲁内莱斯基 Yung-Ho Chang 张永和, Atelier Feichang Jianzhu 非常建筑 This is an attempt of making an instrument that can repeat in the urban context of today the famous perspective experiments by Italian architect Filippo Brunelleschi in Florence between 1415 and 1420, which marked the beginning of a scientific construct of space. When one tries to establish his/her position within the contemporary city, most likely, he has to look at a building facade and even into someone’s apartment, a scenario vividly portrayed in Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Rear Window. This very moment, when Filippo meets Alfred or the baptistery of Florence meets the residential block of New York, is what we like to capture with this viewing machine. Specifically, this piece of equipment allows one person to look through a peephole onto an elevation of a multi-story building in the reflection of a mirror, which can be pulled forward or pushed backward with a crank operated by the observer, who may want to adjust the distance between him and the observed. In the end, what he discovers is his own eyes in one of the windows on the wall and realize that the window he sees is exactly the same as the one of his own room and he himself is the reference of his existence.
Technology has been both the relief and source of contemporary urban anxiety. Thus, this project takes on technology by resisting it in two ways: 1. Interactive design with only manually powered movement and without electronics; 2. Taking a selfie of one’s eyes as part of the building facade is impossible because of the size limitation of the peephole.
Credits: Yung Ho Chang 张永和, Bowen Zhang 张博文
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