Stone on Stone
2009, b&w/color/sound, total running time: 7 mins 44 secs, single channel HD video (square format)
Stone on Stone, a stop-motion video animation, uses the architectural language of High Gothic and Modernism to invent a contradictory history of their evolvement. The theme begins and ends with the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This vast anachronistic building remains unfinished and partially ruined, after over a century of intermittent construction and restoration. Its recreated 13th century medieval construction unintentionally symbolizes those eventful years of indecision, tragedy and changes in the meaning and purpose of the city’s architecture and landscape, especially its religious buildings.
It is contrasted with Le Corbusier’s La Tourette monastery in France, competed in 1960. The video uses this anomalous but single-minded architectural vision as the foundation for a new emergence of Gothic expression, resulting in a complete and unified fantasy cathedral– akin to the building that the Church of Saint John the Divine might have aspired to become.