ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 2005
Xavier Vendrell, Architect.
J. Guillumet and M. Roselló, Photographic concept.
Sense of Place. The city to live versus the city container
“ The city is a place of availabilities. It is the place where a small boy, as he walks through it, may see something that will tell him what he wants to do with his whole life.” Louis I. Kahn
The idea behind this installation is to express the lack of a global idea of Chicago that results in two kinds of cities/spaces. One the city of relationships between elements, where each new element is conscious of its context and its relationships, sharing cultural and social spaces, a city with simultaneities, cohabitations, mixtures, synchronicities, opportunities, density, diversity, plurality, culture as interchange…a place that provides opportunities for all kind of relationships.
The other space of the installation talks about the hyper-non-places; some of them as a result of newly constructed, undesigned places; others due to the deconstruction of the existing urban fabric. The city without identity; the city that doesn’t need its inhabitants; the city not to live, but to feel protected; the city with no relationships, no culture, where its new elements don’t allow for any kind of relationships. The visitor, in such a space, built with no sense of scale, with artificial colors, will become a stranger in its own city. On the contrary, new visitors will feel welcome in the other one. How long will they spend in each space? How will they feel? Which relationships will they establish?
The other space will only have two pictures, one on each wall; both of them with a different artificial color, with no sense of scale, no relationship between them or the spectators. The floor could be recovered with artificial grass, with a very unnatural color. If covering the floor with the described materials is not possible, different pavements for the installation can be used, which will equally illustrate these conceptual ideas that want to be conveyed. These suggested textures could incorporate some text and quotations, too, as it is shown in the model.
“ Where the two times meet, desperation. Where the two times go their separate ways, contentment. For, miraculously, a barrister, a nurse, a baker can make a world in either time, but not in both times. Each time is true, but the truths are not the same.” ALAN LIGHTMAN.