(Another)* Rear Window
Opening: September 16 (Saturday), 2017. 7:30 pm open; 8:30 pm remarks.
(Another)* Rear Window is a both a love story and a mystery. Its love affair centers around the relationship between the inside, the outside and the window that comes between them. Its mystery unfolds with the cinematic technique of the long zoom, think Eames’ Powers of Ten shot with a less steady hand. Staged in a virtual reality environment simulating the space of The Night Gallery, a scene is rendered through a real-time gestural line drawing beginning with a close up of a single glass block of the projection window. As more lines emerge from the virtual pencil we zoom out, revealing the drawing to be the interior of 3149 S. Morgan St. We are on the inside looking out the rear window, offering a privileged view to The Night Gallery visitors as they look through the window from the outside into a whimsical container of floating objects that are both common and peculiar to an interior. The film skips between the role of building as object—something to look at—and volume—something to look in.
BairBalliet is a joint design venture invested in architectural research in the form of both speculative and built projects. As designers we reference the current world around us, lean on a long history of precedents, and imagine what lies ahead in the form of two & three dimensional architectural projects. Kelly Bair is co-founder of BairBalliet and principal of Central Standard Office of Design. She is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. Bair is a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Kristy Balliet is co-founder of BairBalliet and principal of Balliet Studio. She is currently a visiting lecturer at SCI-Arc. She is an assistant professor at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Balliet is a graduate of Philadelphia University and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.
* A reference to Outpost Office’s Another Campo Marzio that was screened at The Night Gallery in June and of course an admission that Hitchcock’s Rear Window came first