Projected Architectures

Projected Architectures
Keller Gallery, Room 7-408
November 27 - December 16, 2017
Open 12 - 9 PM, Monday through Saturday  

A “throwing forth” in its origin, the word projection can connote an image on a surface, a forecast, or a psychological tactic. To have a “project” is to work with a plan, to think in the future tense, or to conjure an image—all things that have direct bearing on architecture. Projected Architectures operates in that expanse of mental and physical space that spans from an optical device to an unconscious defense mechanism.

In its first iteration, Projected Architectures takes the format of consecutive week-long installations of video works by three artists: Mircea Nicolae, Benjamin Tiven and Ahmed Mater, starting in Bucharest, moving on to New York, and ending up in Mecca. Nicolae’s Romanian Kiosk Company [2010] is simultaneously a family story and a brief history of kiosk design throughout Romania’s political transitions. Tiven’s Distant Objects Becoming Near [2012] is the materialization of a building for the blind through the intertwined voices of a tenant, an architect and a philosopher. Mater’s Leaves Fall in All Seasons [2013] is an incisive and uncanny portrait of labor in one of the holiest construction sites in the world, presented through cell-phone footage sourced from migrant workers.

Projected Architectures is an irregular and peripatetic program of moving images that engage with the built environment, curated by Duygu Demir.

November 27 – December 3
Mircea Nicolae
Romanian Kiosk Company [2010], 55’

December 4 – 10
Benjamin Tiven
Distant Objects Becoming Near [2012], 9’

December 11 – 16
Ahmed Mater
Leaves Fall in All Seasons [2013], 20’

1: Still from Mircea Nicolai, Romanian Kiosk Company, 2010. Courtesy Mircea Nicolai.
2: Still from Benjamin Tiven, Distant Objects Becoming Near, 2012. HD video, 9 min, 1.78. Produced for Triple Canopy, issue 16.
3: Still from Ahmed Mater, Leaves Fall in All Seasons, 2013. Video. Courtesy of the artist © Ahmed Mater.

With special thanks to Merve Elveren for her support in graphic design, to Timothy Lloyd and John Steiner for their assistance, and to Irina Chernyakova and Joey Swerdlin for making it come together.