Degenerative architecture

Video, stero sound, 23min29, sizes and support variables, 2021.


The starting point of this project is a set of residential buildings. Each facade, each plane, will be altered by a program that duplicates portions of the image on a random axis. Each time this phenomenon occurs, a sample, this time sound, is played by the program.

The sequences are thus orchestrated in a synchronous way between the alteration of an image and the triggering of a sound and this process is repeated in a parallel montage between several places as if a phenomenon occurred at the same time in different places.


The sequences alternate between different buildings (Hong Kong, San Francisco, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chicago). The alteration continues, this process is irreversible because from a certain point where the program has used all the sources of images available to it, it will replace the original image with an image that it has produced itself. It is an idle running machine and in which each photograph is exhausted by its own copy.


The habitat segments, contracts, until it becomes not a reality but a representation. Halfway between a science-fiction illustration and a constructivist painting, this experimental animation shows the construction of a painting that never stands still.



Image sample sources

Hong KongAnnie SprattMdijqynYQg8
UnkonwnCarl Nenzen Lovenmbfile7XE44
ChicagoChris Quintero1vRSJP2V9Nw
San FranciscoDaniel AbadiaeQUEEHYmLCE
Hong KongJohannes MändleJttyHMcXAns
ShanghaiPete WrightmT9d7GFl1Zs
GuangzhouScarbor SiuUYG5IUPoWIo
Hong KongTimelab ProxfDnqMh__UQ