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

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

  • Not on view

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.
Medium
Ink on paper mounted on electoluminescent film and video (color, sound)
Duration
.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.
Credit
Gift of Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown
Object number
556.2006.a-d
Copyright
© 2019 Diller + Scofidio
Department
Architecture and Design

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.