The archive acts, as architecture does, to construct a view, to construct an understanding of human interactions in and with space and time. It acts to position its viewer as superior, it acts to position its user as a holder of its authority, to centre the body within its world view. It acts to situate the spectator in a constructed and homogenous reality, in a space that is calculable, navigable, and predictable, in a fabricated linear reality.
This architecture is designed to challenge this function of archives, to engage with the many ways of seeing found within each and every image, it is designed through these ways of seeing as a way to inhabit these spatial interactions. It is designed to engage with the imageries and imaginaries contained within this collection of moments. It is 36 rooms that are designed through the gaze found within a collection of 36 images, each acts to change the archive from something to be spectated to something to be experienced.
This architecture is a space that critiques how archives function and distort reality through their sole lens’. Through creating spaces that allow us to inhabit the ways of seeing found in every image a new understanding of archive is established which allows us to approach these repositories of dust and data through their interactions with space and imagining ways of being beyond the image.
This architecture, this intervention, therefore, is both a space and a methodology; it is a process to subject archives to as a way of uncovering hidden socialites, hidden forms of life, hidden ways of being. It is a process that produces a new architecture of archive, of documentation of life, a dis-archive that is an assemblage of ways of being.
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