Monday, August 9, 2010

Let the Sleepers Awake.

Have you ever had an experience so unexpected that you forgot what your own name was?

I'm talking about seeing someone where you normally wouldn't or having normal predictable daily occurrences disrupted by a "black swan."

For a spit-second, until you get a grasp on reality, you feel like all things possible are about to happen in your very immediate future.  Then, when you finally realize what is happening, the world reverts to back to normal and your view of the world snaps back into place. I have a feeling that, when this happens, one gets unwillingly thrust back into their sub-conscious.

This latency of perception is amazingly addressed in "Scanner," the incredible house of books and mirrors built by Matej Kren for the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna. (Thanks to Source!)

There are pictures at least ten times more incredible than this one at the M.A.M.B.O website.

Here is another one from the Prague Library called "Idiom."

Remember this next time you find yourself slipping into Homicidal Somnambulism.


  1. Wow, Micah, seriously. We HAVE to visit there in the (maybe this winter) future.

  2. Holy Nihilistic existence Batman!... Thats a lot of books! I can smell the mustiness thru my Paul-Smith-hipster-designed avian-flu mask!

  3. Thanks vm for the reference to Bologna MoMA. I'm a skeptic of the concept of "latency of perception," but I definitely suspend judgment in response to this blog entry, and to both exhibits.

    These projects do remind me of something quite familiar, without the use of mirrors (never forgetting, obviously, Orson Welles' climactic use of mirrors in "Lady from Shanghai") -- and that is the enforcement of a substitute orientation. This practice is nicely revived in the Jewish Museum of Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, and in the Peter Eisenman memorial, also in Berlin.