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Screen Space


Screen Space explores the space between site and it’s representation. iPads are mounted on motorised tracks that creak and squeak following their designated path. As the iPad moves over the static architectural site, the exact representation in scale is seen on the screen. The screen's scanning movement simultaneously conceals and reveals the real architectural site below. The rail acts as a time sculpture; a linear displacement of a temporal path and a delineator of spatial intensities. The iPad acts as a window, a portal and a tool for discovery and attention. Screens themselves are decidedly ambivalent objects, illusionistic windows and physical, material entities at the same time.


How the world is framed has become as important as what is in the frame. In The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft (2006), Anne Friedberg examines the window as metaphor, as architectural component and as an opening to the dematerialised reality we see on the screen. In Screen Space moving images are presented in dialogue with sculptural form – the viewer experiences the materiality of the site from the inside out, as the reading of detail builds the comprehension of architectural space. Through the screen, a duality exists between the perceived real space and screen space, which creates a third space between the two for the mind to enter into, and for the body to position itself between. Screen Space has been made and exhibited in two sites; Winspit quarry in Dorset and a disused train repair depot in Krakow, Poland.