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Bigham and Herrmann’s “Another Campo Marzio” Opens at The Night Gallery in Chicago

Bigham and Herrmann’s “Another Campo Marzio” Opens at The Night Gallery in Chicago

Lecturers Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann of Outpost Office gave remarks at the opening of their exhibition; Another Campo Marzio at The Night Gallery, a new installation initiative by Future Firm in Chicago, on Friday, June 16, 2017. Another Campo Marzio is part of a series of projects by Outpost Office engaging disciplinary themes through code. The exhibition will run from June 16 to July 20, 2017 at Future Firm, 3149 South Morgan Street Chicago, IL 60608.

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Another Campo Marzio is a software experiment ruminating on the destabilizing capacity of the digital format, which often radically collapses history and scale through acts of digital translation. This tendency echoes the work of Piranesi in his original Campo Marzio etchings, wherein the artist freely recombined fragments with little or no regard for historical or archaeological accuracy. The code draws from a library of plans, recombines urban fragments and synthesizes them into continuous, potentially infinite patterns. The project leverages historical plans to suggest impossible and fantastical situations while destabilizing the order and totality of the original fragments. Another Campo Marzio suggests a broader engagement of history possible through code and is ultimately the “useless machine” that Manfredo Tafuri saw in Piranesi’s original etchings.

For more information about the exhibition: The Night Gallery: Another Campo Marzio / Outpost Office