ISSUE 13 : GUISE
As our lifestyles become more immersive, we are increasingly less aware of our congenital modes of experience. The ubiquity of digital technology has rearranged and restructured these modes, simultaneously creating illusive, yet palpable relationships to one another and our mechanisms of interaction. Our unprecedented access to the Internet, enables us to consume news, images, and information (both legitimate and illegitimate) rapidly. As a result, we interact with media superficially, obligated to instantly accept or reject the outward appearance of things, in the form of ‘likes’ and emoji’s. This commodification of form and image has profound implications for the discipline; in the way we produce, discuss, and represent architecture. Is everything we see, perceive, and accept as truth a guise? When considering a guise in itself, can the subject oscillate between observing what is immediately perceivable and contemplating the indexicality of its construction? By exposing this gap in perception, multiple questions begin to emerge: Can looking specifically at the guise begin to render the invisible visible? Do images have their own autonomous spirit? Is it even possible to expose the gap between an object and its outward appearance? What is learned from considering the guise of things?
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