Monday, 7 April 2008

Corey McCorkle + Le Corbusier

Tower of Shadows, 2006.

Corey McCorkle traveled to India in the latter part of 2006 as part of OCA’s off-site residency programme to produce a short film around Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh. Tower of Shadows, as a final meditation on the incontestable Utopian poster-city of 20th Century, in spite of and perhaps because of the abject state of its incompletion, serves as a calm on Le Corbusier’s perforated monolithic vision. Designed to fill the gap left in the Punjabi state after partition in 1947, the new capital of Chandigarh was meant to be the inspiring city of the future — wide avenues flowing into expansive government plazas envisioned future pageantry on an impressive scale. Particularly, the Tower of Shadows at Chandigarh interests the artist as it is a structure to house nothing, a romantic pavilion … purely an optimistic essay of light and dark more than any municipal place of assembly, any place of use-value. More over, McCorkle is drawn to it as another irresistible and unyielding new ruin in the folds of 20th Century urbanism.

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