28 July – 6 August 2004
International Style is an architectural movement that grew out of the Bauhaus in Germany under the direction of Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In the presentation and theory behind International Style architecture, little consideration is given to those who will inhabit these structures.
Expensive architectural books, glossy publications and sophisticated documentaries present it with a quiet sense of awe and as monuments to the ultimate in sophisticated living, but it is never used as a location to show human presence and activity. These rich presentations imply that these buildings are the perfect structures for the perfect existence.
My particular interest in this style of architecture is in the possibilities of what goes on in front of and behind the façade, the changes in meaning that can occur due to the intervention of human activity and the narratives that can be constructed through the addition of evidence of human activity.