Wish you were here

Wish you were here

 
 

supersurface²⁰¹⁸

In 1969 the radical Florentine architecture firm Superstudio created Il Monumento Continuo (The Continuous Monument). In this project they spawned the concept of a "Supersuperficie" (Supersurface): “an architectural model of total urbanisation”¹ where an uninterrupted grid spanned the Earth. The grid, represented visually as an “endless” assembly of interlocking lines, spans across all territorial forms of architecture, nature and culture. Amidst the Supersurface landscapes become divided and pockets of society develop. Inhabitants of these pockets simultaneously become untethered to their neighbouring environments and context whilst entering a state of global connection – co-existing amidst this one continuous monument.

49 years on Superstudio’s image of Supersurface has been recognised as a pre-vision of the Internet.² Through this frame, the Supersurface has become detached from any physicality as an ordered grid. Instead it is reflected through the ethereal web of connection enabled by the current technology and infrastructure that render global communication possible.

In the post-Internet era, we (2018) come to inherit the “advanced”³ position of the late 1960’s. Biologically we are not so different, however enabled by current platforms of connection, our inhabitance of the Supersurface becomes more than a metaphorical one. In this state, we attempt to orientate ourselves, navigating increasingly untethered positions as individuals amongst a connected surface.

Wish you were here

Wish you were here

 
 

1) Discorsi per immagini, Lettera da Graz/Trigon ‘69, Domus (December 1969) p 481


2) The Super Superstudio, T Magazine (April 17, 2016)


3) Such a utopia... “Did not present a world that was different from the present one; rather it represented the present world at a more advance cognitive level.” Andreas Branzi speaking on the work of Superstudio and Archizoom from La Casa Calda (Milan: Ideabooks, 1984): 63.

Il Monumento Continuo (The Continuous Monument) - Superstudio

Il Monumento Continuo (The Continuous Monument) - Superstudio

 
 
Wish you were here

Wish you were here

 
 
5:4 (Histogram)

5:4 (Histogram)

 
 
 
5:4 (Robin)

5:4 (Robin)

 
5:4 (Histogram)

5:4 (Histogram)

 
 
 
5:4 (Robin)

5:4 (Robin)

 
A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 21)

A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 21)

 

Automatic 24hr print stream of every image uploaded to instagram with the #Loner for the duration of the exhibition.

 
A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 1)

A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 1)

 
A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 12)

A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 12)

 
 
 
A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 4)

A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 4)

 
A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 6)

A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 6)

 
 
 
A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 21)

A platform built for me - #Loner (Day 21)

 
My house is not my home – it’s a platform built for me

My house is not my home – it’s a platform built for me

 
 

Engravings: Environment-Bubble - Rainer Banham, Other People, Me, Jackson, Jackson, Star