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‘flw’, one of the most acclaimed works of Frank Lloyd Wright, is decreased here to such a minuscule size that it can only be perceived through a microscope. ‘flw’ considers the role technology plays in our perception in a fresh manner.


This project considers the distance between the viewer and what is being viewed. How does technology alter our perceptions of distance, scale, and structure? Technologies for viewing continue to evolve, from the Camera Obscura to the telescope to the atomic force microscope; each new technology raises questions about what is real versus what is an artifact of the viewing process. For example, how does the framed vision of the microscope differ from the framing induced by the World Wide Web? Discontinuities induced by these media can undermine what Husserl calls the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ horizons of experience. These horizons are vital to architecture and to what we might call ‘telepistemology’: the study of how distance influences belief, truth, and perception.

Loan from Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, US
Images courtesy of the Artists and Catharine Clark Gallery

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KEN GOLDBERG is an artist and professor of engineering at UC Berkeley. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennale, Pompidou Center (Paris), Walker Art Center, Ars Electronica (Linz Austria), ZKM (Karlsruhe), ICC Biennale (Tokyo), Kwangju Biennale (Seoul), Artists Space, and The Kitchen (New York).

KARL BÖHRINGER is professor of engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University and his Diplom-Informatiker degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. His work was featured among the Top 100 Science Stories in Discover Magazine’s 2002 “Year in Science.”

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