Author(s): Maya Alam & Daniele Profeta
Inevitably, buildings, like many things have two options: remain unchanged and become obsolete or adapt. Obsolete buildings, depending on their historic merit, are either demolished, become ruins or are restored to their original image. The reconstruction based on an ‘original image’ bears problems that are connected to issues of power: essentially who decides how we see the world and therefore how we (re-)build it. The project Watchtower positions itself at the interface between new media and architectural revitalization in order to challenge the semantic tropes that are produced when dealing with historical artifacts in a monolithic way.
Amy Kulper, Grace La & Jeremy Ficca