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OGR, Online Greenlight Review: Armilla 07/10/2015


  1. OGR 10/10/2015

    Morning Tom,

    Thanks for being patient. Firstly, I've enjoyed seeing how a more bold and graphical style has been developing as you've begun to exploit different tools/methods in Photoshop.

    You've brought a distinct darkness to Armilla, city of pipes - and I suppose I'm just wondering if that dystopian sense is truly present in Calvino's description of it? It's always felt a little more surreal/light-hearted than truly post-apocalyptic, but then, in terms of asking the question as to 'why' an entire city remains unfinished might encourage us to imagine that something terrible might have befallen it's inhabitants. I'm reminded of some of the extraordinary images of Chernobyl, after the reactor disaster:

    Some of your thumbnails are suggestive that the pipes Calvino describes are now inhabited - you've got lights on etc - I think it is interesting to speculate how people might choose to live in this city of pipes if they re-populated the city; it would be rather like living as monkeys in the tree-tops, or like smaller creatures coming to inhabit shipwrecks or living in the cavities of dead coral. In terms of bring interest and greater complexity to what is essentially a 'unfinished world' of pipes, maybe you should think about how people are physically living there now - so for example, growing crops in all the old bathtubs, toilets and sinks. Remember, Calvino doesn't describe a city of pipes (pipes being the original architecture), he describes a city in which the infrastructure is all that remains (so just the veins and arteries) so it's a city that is the equivalent of this:

    and not this:

    I'd suggest that thinking about how a population might have since adapted to this environment might encourage some new inventiveness about conceptualising this city and 'getting past' the idea of just all those pipes and plumbing fixtures!


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