"Always After (the Glass House)"
In November and December, UVP Everson featured "Always After (the Glass House)" by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. Employing footage shot on a high-speed film camera, Always After focuses on the broken glass accumulated after the windows of the Mies designed Illinois Institute of Technology’s Crown Hall were smashed by the architect’s own grandson as part of a gala benefit to support the building’s renovation. Manglano-Ovalle leaves the viewer with a dream-like sequence in which well-shod anonymous masses eternally exit, and equally anonymous custodians endlessly move in to sweep up the crystalline debris. The precise nature of the event—a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, or just routine construction—never becomes clear. Instead, the narrative unfolds like a Jacob’s ladder: never reaching the end, passing again and again through the point where modernist progress and crisis become indistinguishable—a point that is always already “after.”
To view a short excerpt of the video, go to: vimeo.com/29990042
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