Based in London, John is an architectural designer who approaches the production of space and objects through a fluid practice between making, drawing and film.
While he focusses his personal research on addressing problematic attitudes towards work, value and prestige in the built environment; he is keen to use design, regardless of format, to provoke new, critical means of perceiving and interacting with our surroundings. A recent master’s graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; his work has been shown at numerous exhibitions and screenings in the UK and internationally, including the Royal Academy. Eager to reach across disciplines, he enjoys working both independently and as an idealistic, future-minded and pragmatic collaborator.
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Designed as part of SEE-ING: The Environmental Consciousness Project - an exhibition hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. An essay in the twin forms of drawing and film, Between the Retina and the Dome considers the figures that constitute the architecture of vision. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s late obsession with the anaglyph, as well as the burgeoning presence of contemporary visual technology such as virtual reality, the project seeks to provoke a renewed understanding of visual perception and stereopsis (how the brain creates a single image of the world from two curved and inverted images).
The project centres itself around two main figures. Firstly, the Chiasma portrays the complex micro-anatomy of vision, exposing the rupture of images formed in the retina. Secondly, the Horopter attempts to draw a binocular picture plane – a malleable veil that casts objects which fall into its visual field. These figures sit within an archipelago of associated characters and circular diagrams, effortlessly shifting scale from microscopic to cosmic.