Degrees of Blackness

Focusing on the problem of near-figuration, which is a form of resolution of the polarizing discourse of form versus shape of the last ten years. Near figuration is defined as the appearance of distinct, legible objects, resulting in a sense of mystery in relation to the extents, interiority, and origin of the thing. Focusing on involuted figures, which can simultaneously create exterior depth effects but also interior spatial figuration. One of the fundamental things architecture does is characterize the threshold between exterior and interior. In this, it must take an ontological position with regards to the state of existence of “outside” and “inside”, and the degree to which they might be illusions. Define this threshold as elastic but not blurred. Favoring strange, primitive holes made from either subtracting or pushing chunky figures into crystalline containers or into one another. The interplay between figures which push out, push in, or remain hidden create mysterious formations which defy access, although they may appear to have multiple ‘doorways’. Like black holes, these involutions may not constitute literal points of entry but rather moments of allure and lack of access. We are confronted with a vexing entity that is delimited in scale on its exterior, yet seems to contain the universe. Speculating on new container/contained and inside/out relations in architecture, and seek to produce strange new forms of interiority.