Created and donated by architects Ana Miljacki, Lee Moreau, and Sarah Hirschman, Project_Rorschach is a series of 10 cards that compile architectural imagery from digital archives in a manner inspired by the ten cards used in the Rorschach inkblot test. The project was first exhibited at the Design Biennial Boston in 2013, curated by over,under at the Boston Society of Architects. Each card has been hand-printed in a printmaking studio.

 

Grouped by meme, ubiquitous images of architecture are layered into 10 revised Rorschach cards. No longer inkblots, but retaining the symmetry that was originally constitutive of their figuration, the architectural Rorschach images are super-saturated compositions of chimneys, robotic bricks, cantilevers, house piles, hyper-towers, circles, phalluses, beanie blobs, single surfaces, diagrids, and stacks. They are assembled from the digital archives that designers draw on when thirsty—such as Archinect, ArchDaily, or Dezeen—and reproduced here in the low-res flatness that is their currency.

 

This project invites architectural self-analysis while it simultaneously plays on the fact that the discipline of architecture is constituted, multiplied, and advanced from constant projections onto its own archives.

 

Ana Miljacki is an Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT where she directs the Critical Broadcasting Lab. Lee Moreau is the founding principal of Other Tomorrows in Boston, MA. Sarah Hirschman is the founding principal of Object Projects in Oakland, CA.


DESIGNER/

Ana Miljacki

DATE/

January 2013

MATERIALS/

Printed Card Stock

DIMENSIONS/

10 x 7 in each

STYLE/

Contemporary

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Miljacki, Moreau & Hirschman Project_Rorschach Ink Press Prints; Set of 10, Ed. 3/200 $800>

Created and donated by architects Ana Miljacki, Lee Moreau, and Sarah Hirschman, Project_Rorschach is a series of 10 cards that compile architectural imagery from digital archives in a manner inspired by the ten cards used in the Rorschach inkblot test. The project was first exhibited at the Design Biennial Boston in 2013, curated by over,under at the Boston Society of Architects. Each card has been hand-printed in a printmaking studio.

 

Grouped by meme, ubiquitous images of architecture are layered into 10 revised Rorschach cards. No longer inkblots, but retaining the symmetry that was originally constitutive of their figuration, the architectural Rorschach images are super-saturated compositions of chimneys, robotic bricks, cantilevers, house piles, hyper-towers, circles, phalluses, beanie blobs, single surfaces, diagrids, and stacks. They are assembled from the digital archives that designers draw on when thirsty—such as Archinect, ArchDaily, or Dezeen—and reproduced here in the low-res flatness that is their currency.

 

This project invites architectural self-analysis while it simultaneously plays on the fact that the discipline of architecture is constituted, multiplied, and advanced from constant projections onto its own archives.

 

Ana Miljacki is an Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT where she directs the Critical Broadcasting Lab. Lee Moreau is the founding principal of Other Tomorrows in Boston, MA. Sarah Hirschman is the founding principal of Object Projects in Oakland, CA.


DESIGNER/

Ana Miljacki

DATE/

January 2013

MATERIALS/

Printed Card Stock

DIMENSIONS/

10 x 7 in each

STYLE/

Contemporary

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