Read the second of eight blog posts that will expand on topics related to the exhibition Lebbeus Woods, Architect. The exhibition is on view through June 15.

Excerpts from The State of Science Fiction by Vladan Nikolic:

1. Lebbeus said in a New York Times interview: “I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world. All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces … what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules.”

2. One of Lebbeus’ favorite films was Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée, another work that is termed “science fiction,” but which completely transcends the genre. It does not even contain moving images — told through a series of photographs, connected through a narrator, the film is astudy of the impact of images, memory, and time. But as Lebbeus points out in his blog, the story is actually quite conventional; he asks the question of how Marker managed to turn routine ingredients into a masterpiece. For Lebbeus, the film’s power lies “in a simple phrase: the power of evocation. For everything that is not shown, the filmmaker counts on the power of imagination of his viewers….”

Image: Detail from Lebbeus Woods’ The New City. 1992. Cover page for Roger Zelazny. The Door of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth. New York: ibooks, 2001. (c) Estate of Lebbeus Woods

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