2x3x5 + Middelburg
'2x3x5' (temporary 3d installation) + 'Middelburg' (photomontage)
"You are probably familiar with my photographic work where I explore ʻarchitecture as an imageʼ in the virtual space.
Hereby I sample existing architecture and recompose it in new structures by means of ʻdigital photocollageʼ.
In this body of work I want to explore architecture as a sculptural form in space and time but also work on the archetypes and typolgies in architecture by shifting them slightly in order to change the ʻordinaryʼ into something ʻextra ordinaryʼ. Often this is perceived as a surreal act on architecture.
In some images I make a kind of critique on the existing architectural production. The architectural fantasie as a tool for reflection and comment.
What kind of emotions can a building provoke to the public.
My limits during the creation of these images is the thin line between reality and irrealty. How far can I go without slipping into science fiction. Plausibility is my guiding track.
After some time I wondered how I could translate my 2d imagery into 3d installations. It became clear that an exact spatial reproduction of my ʻcollagesʼ was not relevant."
Filip DUJARDIN, Portfolio 2015
'2x3x5' is a 3d installation consisting of a scaffold construction of 4m x 6m x 10m with a spatial grid of cubes of 2m x 2m. In these spatial cubes metal roofpanels with a classic red tile motive were placed in a certain sequence.
As the exhibition 'Façade 2012' was examining the so called authenticity of historic cities by using the facade as a typology, in this structure I used the roof as the fifth facade of a building.
By compressing several rooftypes into one gesture I wanted to compress the city into one abstract structure by only using one aspect of architecture namely 'the roof'. This sculpture was erected in the midst of the city fabric and had the dimension of a modest house in Middelburg.
The city was reassembled and becomes a set piece, a prop on the city stage. Fake roofs without houses.
This installation was accompanied by a photomontage shown on a big format in the public space. The image showed the skyline of Middelburg.
360 degrees photos of the rooftops of the city were taken and were compressed into one image. By erasing all the windows and doors of the buildings the roof typology was emphasized. The city was reduced to a mosaic of abstract silhouettes.
This installation made part of the open air groupexhibition 'Façade 2012', in Middelburg, The Netherlands.
Installation Design and photos by Filip Dujardin
Organized by CBK Zeeland
Curators : Kathrin Ginsberg and Thom Schaar