Seeing is Believing – Blindness metaphors and understanding

“My excellency, I could illustrate the greatest manuscript of all time for you. Since my eyes will no longer be distracted by the filth of this world.” Quote from ALIF in My Name Is Red by Ohran Pamuk “Seeing is believing”, “a lens for the world”, “visionaries”, “point of view”: The eye is a metaphor… Read More Seeing is Believing – Blindness metaphors and understanding

Home is Where the Hearth is III – Return

Departure | Displacement | Restoration SEPARATION | INITIATION | RETURN One of the regularly cited problems with modern cities is the constant feeling of displacement that can occur in the repetitive landscape of supermarkets, airports or office blocks. A restoration for this is often found in cultural movements and architectural developments that adjust a population’s… Read More Home is Where the Hearth is III – Return

Home is Where the Hearth is II – Displacement

Departure | Displacement | Restoration SEPARATION | INITIATION | RETURN Displacement from home is an uncomfortable feeling. It breeds suspicion and a feeling of nervousness, and rightly so. If, as previously discussed, home is a refuge, then displacement from home must create an opposing effect. During displacement there is a chaotic element. People find it… Read More Home is Where the Hearth is II – Displacement

Catherine’s Journey – What you see and what you get

In the late 18th Century, Russian ruler Catherine the Great chose to visit the villages of her country to see how the peasants were living. Her first minister, Potemkin, arranged to have façades of fake villages filled with actors constructed along Catherine’s route that showed a scenic, peaceful and prosperous country. Actors played the parts… Read More Catherine’s Journey – What you see and what you get