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.




Places Authors Links
Hong Kong Annie Spratt MdijqynYQg8
Unkonwn Carl Nenzen Loven mbfile7XE44
Chicago Chris Quintero 1vRSJP2V9Nw
San Francisco Daniel Abadia eQUEEHYmLCE
Hong Kong Johannes Mändle JttyHMcXAns
Shanghai Pete Wright mT9d7GFl1Zs
Guangzhou Scarbor Siu UYG5IUPoWIo
Hong Kong Timelab Pro xfDnqMh__UQ