Figments. Something which seems real but is not
‘Ghosts are just figments of the imagination.
They are real in a sense: as imaginary constructs. The reality of the figment is fuller than that of a concept, idea or notion, which is vague, mostly verbally articulated and flat. Figments on the other hand, have a whole story, they move from narrative to narrative, they act and interact and are fully formed bodily: how many times have not dragons, unicorns and satyrs been painted in incred- ible detail. They are explicit. They are in between the representational and the actual. (…)
After Leonardo, the surrealists celebrated the unplanned effects of automatism and the duplicity of the visual; so what I call here the falling from one world into the next is nothing new. But there are new techniques, which we can use to evoke those figments of falling (worlds), and we can learn to read so much into them: constructions, as another example shows. Or a third instance; public constructions.’
(Ben van Berkel)
The architecture class contribution was expressed through the spatial installa- tion, inspired on the concept of Figments of Falling. John Bocks film found its place of projection through the falling surface, dislocating the original film. The installation together with the work of John Bock and Udo Koch contributed to a new construction, unfolding several readings of the work.
(2003)`Warum nicht würfeln? Why not to play the dice?
A Portikus exhibition in the Städelschule with John Bock, Udo Koch and Ben van Berkel with the Architecture class of the Städelschule.
spatial installation, design and realisation under the direction of Ben van Berkel and Sigurdur Gunnarsson: Haluk Cinar, Juliana Herrero, Isabella Magalhaes, Daniel Ventimiglia
photos: Photos: Wolfgang Günzel