(DE) CONSTRUCTIONS OF AN UNDETERMINED NATURE
BY JORGE MARUM
Jorge Marum, born in Portugal, is currently Senior Lecturer and Head of the course Design III in the School of Architecture - University of Beira Interior. He has been a speaker at several conferences, both national and international, and has several awards and published papers. He balances his academic work with the practice of Architecture and Photography since 2004. Marum has a special interest in the analog process of Photography, exploring architectural photography with medium and large formats.
This project received an Honorable Mention in the Photo Contest - Under Construction 2014 - Barcelona.
This photographic series explores the artificial landscape of an imaginary architectural territory under (de)construction. The word landscape regards to the meaning of Georg Simmel, as "a piece of nature”. In this sense, it is a contradiction of its meaning, since nature is not divisible, but, "a whole unit”. In this undivided sense, the landscapes depicted here are presented as fragments that are worth by themselves and who live for themselves, independently of a whole. This is a photographic analogy that explores the similarities of an artificial territory, with ordinary constantly changing architectural spaces.
Through additive and subtractive movements, container terminals are analogies of ephemeral urban landscapes fragments, shaped by streets, corners, squares, blocks and towers under (de)construction, devoided from any formal or symbolic reference that relate to specific places. It represents undetermined locations, (de)constructed as side effects of globalization.