Diller + Scofidio Blur Building, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland 1998-2003

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Blur Building was built for Swiss Expo 2002 on Lake Neuchâtel. The lightweight tensegrity structure measured three hundred feet wide by two hundred feet deep by seventy-five feet high. The primary material was water, which was pumped from the lake, filtered, and shot as a fine mist through 31,500 high-pressure nozzles. In the words of the designers, “It is an architecture of atmosphere. Upon entering the fog mass, visual and acoustic references are erased, leaving only an optical ‘white-out’ and the ‘white noise’ of pulsing nozzles. . . . There is nothing to see but our dependence on vision itself.” Blur Building is thus an anti-spectacle that is, contrary to immersive environments that strive for high-definition visual impact, decidedly low definition: “There is nothing to see but our dependence on vision itself.” The altered perception produced by the architectural performance is, in this instance, a critical means to a particular end: to question and enhance the potential of public monuments to offer new forms of awareness.

Gallery label from Applied Design, March 2, 2013–January 31, 2014.
Ink on paper mounted on electoluminescent film and video (color, sound)
.a construction drawing: 22 x 72" (55.9 x 182.9 cm) .b construction drawing: 22 x 72" (55.9 x 182.9 cm) .c video projection of interior: 1 hrs., 19 min., 5 sec. .d video on monitor of exterior: 1 hrs., 13 min., 55 sec.
Gift of Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown
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