Jan Vredeman de Vries, Perspective (1604)HALLO

The futuristic short story by JG Ballard was the start for this project. On a light narrative way he raises awareness to the topic of overcrowding. The concept of ‘space’ and ‘place’ becomes more and more vulnerable by the ever-growing population. In the short story this concept becomes very precious. Perspection is where perception and perspective meet. Can we live in smaller spaces with another view? Even so far that we can live in a space without dimension: a zero space ?
To translate this idea into an image the medium of film was used. The lens of a camera is the ultimate medium for this project. The installation is not entirely observable by the human eye. Should we humans have another look at it?
The installation, with accompanying short film, is a play of perspective. Playing with surfaces and cheating on the viewer.HALLO

” The wall does tilt a little,”
Ward admitted…

“You were lucky to find this place,” Rossiter, the most regular visitor, never tired of telling him. He reclined back on the bed, gesturing at the cubicle. “It’s enormous, the perspectives really zoom. I’d be surprised if you haven’t got at least five metres here, perhaps six.”

Ward shook his head categorically. Rossiter was his closest friend, but the quest for living space had forged powerful reflexes. “Just over four and a half, I’ve measured it carefully. There’s no doubt about it.”

Rossiter lifted one eyebrow. “I’m amazed. It must be the ceiling then.”

Manipulating the ceiling was a favourite trick of unscrupulous landlords – most assessments of area were made upon the ceiling, out of convenience, and by tilting back the plywood partitions the rated area of a cubicle could be either increased, for the benefit of a prospective tenant (many married couples were thus bamboozled into taking a single cubicle), or decreased temporarily on the visits of the housing inspectors. Ceilings were crisscrossed with pencil marks staking out the rival claims of tenants on opposite sides of a party wall. Someone timid of his rights could be literally squeezed out of existence – in fact, the advertisement “quiet clientele” was usually a tacit invitation to this sort of piracy.

“The wall does tilt a little,” Ward admitted. “Actually it’s about four degrees out – I used a plumb-line. But there’s still plenty of room on the stairs for people to get by.”

(Billenium by J.G Ballard.)

Making Off

Specials Thanks to: Mira Sanders & Michiel Helbig