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Gallery Talk: Anna Neimark and Hernán Díaz Alonso on Rude forms among us (January 31, 2020)01:05:28

Anna Neimark talks with Hernán Díaz Alonso about her SCI-Arc Gallery installation Rude forms among us (January 31 - March 15, 2020). She describes her discovery of Eugène Trutat’s photographs from the 1880s of the Neolithic Dolmen de Vaour, and the powerful impression of Trutat’s original prints. She explains the appeal of dolmens, which are nonmonumental, more modest structures produced by upright stones—the orthostats—topped by a capstone. Neimark and Díaz Alonso discuss how the installation sets Trutat’s prints in dialogue with Neimark’s large structure that emulates the form of the dolmen in Structural Insulated Panels (SIP). Neimark stresses the effect of collapse of time between a structure 6 days old and a structure 6,000 years old. Audience members join in the conversation that touches on scale, coordinate systems, pavilions, the structure as a house, the mythologies associated with Neolithic structures, and land art. Díaz Alonso concludes with comments on the evolution and significance of the SCI-Arc Gallery exhibition program.