Sunday, 6 April 2008
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle on Mies van der Rohe 1
The tripartite nature of Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's Climate (2000) reflects the artist's interest in exploring the simultaneity and multiplicity of events. The three videos that compose the work, all of which were filmed in Mies van der Rohe's modernist Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago, explore the assumptions grounded in architecture's International Style within the framework of today's increasingly globalized society. The scenes of a meteorological/financial analyst reporting his observations, an unseen individual loading, cleaning, and unloading a gun, and a woman waiting in a lobby for an unknown interaction are shot in a coolly steady manner. They appear divergent and yet interrelated, as surveillance technologies, assault weapons, and people watching and waiting suggest a chilling world without boundaries, in which nature has been dominated by a clinical, detached precision. The architectural structure of Climate evidences Manglano-Ovalle's insistence on drawing viewers in to engage with, and thus be implicated in, the space of the installation, rather than act simply as contemplative onlookers.