THE HOUSE OF SHADOWS
What is a shadow?
We usually relegate shadows to a “shadowy existence.”
Of course, full of “life” as we are, we cannot consider shadows seriously, particularly from a pro-active posturing.
But let’s see…
In a way a shadow is the Cain of existence.
We only love Abel.
Cain is undesirable.
And so is the shadow.
But what would the relevance of Abel be, in the absence of Cain?
And what would be the relevance of light, in the absence of shadow?
Now, “practically” speaking, shadows might become highly needed, considering global warming. A shade could save us.
But maybe even psychologically the shadow could enrich our lives, especially if consciously assumed.
So we ask you to design THE HOUSE OF SHADOWS.
The House that would choose to NOT ignore what usually IS ignored.
Design for the neglected shadows, dear architect.
And please do not forget that painting by Remedios Varo which shows a vertical shadow, whose “real” originator lies horizontally, replacing it.
Shadows could be redeeming.
Yes, spiritually as well.
Shadows question the supremacy of Apollo.
Shadows make Apollo tremble (a little).
Let’s bring the shadows to the fore.
Let’s make them dance and sing.
Let’s dedicate our building to UNLIGHT.
Yes, to darkness.
Yes, to what is hidden, not clearly expressed, obscure.
Did Rembrandt do something else with his chiaroscuro?
Most certainly not.
DESIGN THE HOUSE OF CHIAROSCURO.
DESIGN THE HOUSE OF SHADOWS.
The deadline is December 21st, when there will be the longest night of the year.
SUBMISSION AND PARTICIPATION
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December 20, 2022
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December 21, 2022
Submission of Work. ICARCH posts Work Online.
Zoom Dialogue about The House of Shadows
Engagement with alternative creators and thinkers in architecture worldwide
Zoom presentation of your work and dialogue with others including jurors.
Work posted on ICARCH.org for many years.
Zoom dialogue posted on YouTube.
Inclusion of your name as a participant in international press releases from ICARCH.
Possible selection of your work for the 2023 ICARCH publication on 20 years of Competitions.
At the moment, ICARCH does not provide cash prizes nor require entry fees.
Dan Coma will select "best of" entries for posting online and press releases.
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