Borrowing from Ruskin, who talks of the ‘noble grotesque,’ this installation traces the many arches that exist between a hyperbolic parabola (a funicular shape) and a Venetian arch, his ‘model of perfection.’ Each layer is then a combination or a transition between two fundamentally different arches; two fundamentally different ideologies, two fundamentally different methods of construction. If Venetian architecture is an ‘effigy of an ideal society,’ each arch has within it a trace of a past that is as present today as it ever was, hence connecting two historical moments.
Far from an ideal society, today we are obsessed with our reflection and its reflection on the web. The installation consists of many golden mirrors; this is a ‘selfie booth.’ Cameras will be triggered upon one’s entry to the booth. As such, the act of visiting the installation is one and the same as the act of taking a selfie, as this is a space of self-reflection. The selfie will be automatically posted and geo-tagged, and tracked on social media.