The definition of the horizon as ‘an outer limit’ presupposes that the fold acts as a terminus; subservient to its “folded” planes. It serves as both the subject of and termination to the viewer’s gaze
We attempt to reconstitute the horizon from its current role as an inactive boundary to one as a proactive generator of space. Rather than serve as a vanishing point, the vertical horizon begins to generate new spatial readings; to create a narrative with its own logic regarding conventional systems of sequence and scale. If we consider currently inaccessible spatial conditions (such as the back side of a horizon) can the fold allow us to turn the corner? Can the seam serve as a threshold to what lies behind the perspectival gaze?
Machina Tabula Promineo: [the grid projection instrument]
Designed to enable its viewer to imagine the street perspective denied by conventional city maps, the Machina tabula promineo employs a tri-fold drawing seam suspended above the Manhattan grid to establish a measuring device for the vanishing point of each street projection.
As grid lines extend from their planar axis to structurally support each hovering perspective, the viewer is invited to peer through the central urban void and witness building facades dissipate into a vertical horizon.
Machina Orbis Volumen: [the orbit-fold instrument]
Intended to be read as a cyclical narrative rotating around a central vertical horizon, the Machina orbis volumen reconstitutes each folded seam as a structural spoke for turning the corners of the city. Enabling a privileged behind-the-horizon view of each Manhattan skyline, the reading instrument assumes a continuous orbit, suggesting the urban narrative is contingent on its viewer’s reading of the city, always in the process of becoming.
Machina Dimensia Infinitas: [the infinite measuring instrument]
Measuring both the dimension of the city and its extension towards the earth’s core, the Machina dimensia infinitas combines the utility of a radial scale with the implied projection of a manifold drawing. Displacing its vertical horizon as a structural seam for gauging Manhattan’s extension beyond its urban context, the city wavers in midair, enabling a zoomed out view of its skyline and the global scope of its urban activity.
Machina Retrosinas: [the reverse-fold instrument]
Employing a bi-fold mechanism for enabling its viewer to envision two vanishing points at once, the Machina retrosinas splits the vertical horizon along two seams which project out from the optical origin. Ascending the inner folds of the section drawing, the instrument’s structural ribs materialize the drawing’s folds, suggesting an infinite extension beyond the scope of the paper. Reconstructed along the back of the outer vanishing point, the instrument implies a projected reality; one derived from, yet distorting, the perceived frontal view.
In collaboration with: Matthew Luck
Location: New York, NY