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E.GRAM

Laserkonstruiertes wire-frame Modell des Stadthauses Scharnhauser Park
mit Sebastian Finckh
2000

Collection of MoMA New York, USA

The Transparency of the Model as the Model of Transparency Jürgen Mayer H.`s e.gram

In modern practice, the playful treatment of architectural models has slid into the background. If they do not come close to the genre of sculpture and therefore are forced to remain unapproachable as objets d’art, then they are fragile and clumsy. This also makes them unsuitable as exhibits. Primarily, they must be photogenic and easy to reproduce, a pretext for other forms of representation. The predominance of the visual in today’s representation economy literally pushes them into the distance, making the hand of the observer obsolete. This makes the e.gram all the more amazing. The e.gram was produced by the architect and artist Jürgen Mayer H. in collaboration with Sebastian Finckh. Using laser beams which refract into tiny splinters on contact, he has produced a three dimensional representation of his latest project inside a solid, compact glass cube, the size of a paperweight. Like in a wire frame the interior configuration of the model can be understood schematically, but not as a simulation and embedded in a time constraint, and therefore made intangible as on a computer screen, but rather material, simultaneous, visible at a glance. (Text: Philipp Ursprung, in Daidalos, no. 74, Diagrammania)

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