suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
christoph EPPACHER: The project Silent Territories – Los Angeles emphasizes on historical architectural configurations of places where Silent Movies were shot in and around LA , their location within the city and
the Gestalt of an on site Silent Movie Event.
Along with an installation at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles the project was presented with two different Silent Movie events in urban space.
The exhibition at the MAK Center called Silent Territories included three topographic, physical maps in different scales, pictures and drawings form historical architectural situations in Los Angeles, a flowerlike architectural installations and a live screening of a silent movie. The flowerlike structures and the historical drawings represented historical architectural fragments, found in various Silent Movies made in Los Angeles.
Depending on different scales, the detailing and design of the physical maps varies through the different articulation of the representational location pins and the general design of the physical maps within the exhibition space. Together with the presentation of the Silent Maps and the found historical fragments the exhibition included more recent photographs from two different Silent Movie Events in urban space—an event which was also created through the architect.
The general idea of the exhibition was to constantly shift the users understanding between a historic and a more contemporary interpretation of the presented information. Through the integration of historical informations and more recent presentations of Silent Movies a hybrid multilayered Silent Landscape formed through an installation/exhibition was created.
The urban silent movie event took place in two different urban situations. One event included the connection with a typical L.A. taco truck as a general setting, while the other event was more focussed on a cliché-like integration of a representational L.A. based city image and silhouette.