British architect Cedric Price draws upon the collection of the CCA to develop the complex relationships between time, movement, and space in the built environment.
Looking at structures and building elements through the ages, including some of Price’s own projects, Mean Time presents photographs of an ancient Aztec sun dial, a railroad switching yard, a shot tower, and a Russian radio pylon; a model book for Renaissance labyrinths and mazes; trade catalogues for revolving doors; prints of an eighteenth-century firework structure and an ice palace of the late nineteenth century; plans for an unbuilt heliport in Montréal’s Milton Park and for the unbuilt high-speed rail service at Mirabel airport. These are constructions in which time is measured through space, where movement is controlled and synchronized by structure, where spatial constraints are overcome by simultaneity, where time is distorted and distance deceptive, where the structure predicts its own demise, or where efforts to anticipate social conditions have proved either strangely prescient or woefully wrong.
Mean Time includes three projects designed by Cedric Price in response to adaptability and movement: a demountable house for an archeologist, a modern-day labyrinth, and a stock-pen that serves double duty as a picnic site and playground. The works are part of the Cedric Price Archive at the CCA.
Curator / exhibition design: Cedric Price, London.
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