Micropolis

This ongoing series by Aksel Coruh combines photography, architecture, computer imaging, and model-making to produce studies of the built environment. This project was awarded grants by the Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BVKB), and Stroom Den Haag.

Micropolis


This ongoing series combines photography, computer imaging, and model making to produce studies of the built environment. The works reflect an interest in the shape-giving potential of frames and grids as not simply flat abstractions, but generators of intricate spaces.

Each study results in a miniature model based on photographs of building details that are traced to produce a series of black-line images. Simplifying the images to linear compositions weakens their depth and perspective, and allows for new forms to emerge from the tracings. Some compositions become streets, canals, or lakes, while others morph into volumes that suggest an ambiguous architecture of towers or clusters of housing. Each model, when viewed from above, still resembles the original image. At the same time, the model shows the viewer something else: the photograph has transformed into a miniature city. By tracing and deriving new patterns, the project invents a geometry that playfully reconfigures images of the cities around us.

This project was awarded grants by the Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BVKB), and Stroom Den Haag.

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