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Technology sometimes falls short

This issue is a collection of stories about new technologies, about optimism, and about limits. A technological advantage that allows humans to travel to space, to build higher, longer, faster, or to bridge one condition or another may not always have the outcome that we really hoped for. And some technologies reshape our ways of thinking and living to such an extent that they themselves become platforms for new speculation.

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Starting From… The Bubble

A selection of objects, by Sina Najafi

The bubble is a wonder of surface tension. In its architectural interpretation, the bubble can be understood as a feat of engineering or as a metaphor for an enclosed hermetic environment. As such, the bubble emerges, in the architect Cedric Price’s words, “in any shape or any size” as a powerful symbol of the future, or becomes synonymous with the condition of isolation at the level of the individual, the sealed building, or in the planning of self-sustaining neighbourhoods, towns, or cities.

Filmed in the CCA’s Prints and Drawings vault, Sina Najafi describes some of the research and objects planned for exhibition, including work by Cedric Price, James Stirling, and Gordon Matta-Clark.
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Filmed in the CCA’s Prints and Drawings vault, Sina Najafi describes some of the research and objects planned for exhibition, including work by Cedric Price, James Stirling, and Gordon Matta-Clark.

Sina Najafi developed these ideas and this selection of objects as part of his research in our Collection for the Cabinet “Bubbles” issue. Najafi’s selection was displayed in our hall cases under the title Starting From… The Bubble in 2009.

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