A/The Last Picture Show… at the Cine Erotica Rio, Mexico, DF.
“El Segundo Piso” or “The Second Floor”, a second level of the Anillo Periférico ring road of Mexico City. The subject of the 2006 documentary En El Hoyo (In The Pit), which covers the lives of the workers who built the structure and the often alarming work conditions present on the worksites.
Even in the austere and calculated built environments of high modernity there is human presence.
You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work.
But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: “This is beautiful.” That is Architecture. Art enters in.
– Le Corbusier
Photographed at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
– again –
“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.”
― Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows
The Panopticon is a marvelous machine which, whatever use one may wish to put it to, produces homogeneous effects of power.
Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?
– Michel Foucault