International Archives 2nd half of 2014
A Glass Darkly looks to examine a historical vision in the light of the present moment. 2014 marks exactly 100 years since the German visionary writer Paul Scheerbart (1863–1915) wrote the book Glasarchitektur (Glass Architecture). According to Scheerbart, only living inside glass architecture could elevate society by allowing contemplation of the infinite and the spatial, liberating humanity from the brick culture that tied it to the Earth. Written the same year that his friend and peer the architect Bruno Taut exhibited his famous Glass Pavilion at the Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne, the book exemplifies the modernist ideals of transparency and universality as projections for a progressive "new culture." How do these ideals stand up today? The exhibition A Glass Darkly attempts to provide some answers.
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Exhibition 28 September -
Imogen Stidworthy, Brick, 2013. 3D laser scan digital image. Photo courtesy the artist, Matt's Gallery, London, and AKINCI, Amsterdam.
Avoiding focusing on the nostalgia for modernist architecture still ubiquitous in western culture, this exhibition looks to take the key historical propositions of glass architecture ideology in order to analyse them comparatively with their contemporary ramifications. The notion of "transparency" in particular is the focus of much attention today, not necessarily in strict architectural terms but as something that is symbolic of the growing tension between private and public space. Whilst considering the aesthetics of transparency, the artists and artistic duos participating in A Glass Darkly also contemplate the profundity of what living under such conditions means for the human subject.
Presenting a selection of works in different audio-
The artists : Iman Issa, Imogen Stidworthy, Metahaven, Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Rashad Becker, Noam Toran, Vermeir & Heiremans.
A Glass Darkly is conceived by Nav Haq following an invitation from Stroom Den Haag to develop an exhibition in response to the organisation's own research into the writings of Paul Scheerbart.
A Glass Darkly is made possible in part by Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund.