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  • The Pyramid of Tirana

    Joey GIAMPIETRO, "The Pyramid of Tirana." Floor plan.
    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
    critic: Jason PAYNE.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Joey GIAMPIETRO: This project explores concepts of bigness, blackness, and blankness and how those ideas pertain to contextual relationships.

    Bigness . . . The Pyramid of Tirana is big. It is big in its iconography more so than it is in its sheer physicality. If realism is to be viewed as a cultural construct, than the pyramid of Tirana’s actual size is arguably immeasurable as its perception is truly unique to each individual. Blackness . . . The inability to define or register information as it is presented to you. The additions made to the pyramid are black objects in that they give minimal amounts information or refuse to allude to what it is that they contain, their function, or their value/meaning. Blankness . . . The Pyramid of Tirana is blank in its ambivalent relationship towards its immediate physical context. Because the pyramid is inherently an introverted building, its real qualities are portrayed by its aesthetics. Realism in this case, calls attention to the differences and tensions between reality and its representation, moments which aesthetics redistribute sensible information within the pyramid and its represented context. Through recontextualization, the pyramid is liberated of categorization and can be seen as a means to transgress typical distinctions thus giving the project the ability to be viewed free of preconditioned conventions. This leads to the question of identity in that by estranging the object from certain expectations and contexts, does it remain the same object? The images and drawings that represent the project are to be viewed as individual objects themselves, each representing real qualities of the project and at times allowing for varying degrees of disconnection from the pyramid itself.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    JG: Jason Payne; Orkan Telhan; Michael Gira; Thurston Moore; Trent Reznor; Steve Reich; various sonic textures and sounds; the Utah desert; and the flattening of things that happens when you look through a lens.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    JG: Reading: Graham Harman; Atlas of Novel Tectonics; Robert Smithson’s Collected Writings; Reich’s Writings on Music, and Michael Young’s writings on mediation. Listening to: Swans; Reznor’s instrumental mix of The Fragile; Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians; Sonic Youth; Plastic Ono Band; Akron/Family; and anything by Paul Simon. And watching interviews with the individuals mentioned above.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    JG: Michael Gira and the rest of Swans, Reiser + Umemoto, Steve Reich, and Katrin Koenning.

    Additional credits and links:
    [josephgiampietro.com]

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