A graphic showing the word "restoration" with a settled, symetrical aesthetic

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…

A graphic showing the word "displacement" with the letters jumbled up

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…

A graphic of the Anglo building in Dublin, famous for being a disasterous construction project

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…

The Eifel Tower, perhaps

Text > Image > Text – Reading photographs and words

A picture tells a thousand words. But there are cases where a dozen words can redefine a picture. In his 1977 publication Image Music Text critic Roland Barthes observed how text can often become parasitical upon images. This happens both in spaces like galleries and exhibitions, where wall-mounted captions can supersede what the eye observes…