making: fun @ SCALE exhibition

The Architact Collective will be participating at the 2014 National Architecture Conference themed making: fun @ SCALE exhibition.

Where: QV1 Foyer, 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth 
When: Mon 5 May – Fri 16 May 
Opening event Wed 7 May, 6pm – 8pm
Free (RSVP for opening event by 5 May)

The exhibition will feature established and emerging Australian designers working across multiple creative fields of urban design, architecture, visual arts, furniture and object design.

The exhibition presents the question of, “how consistent is the process in designing objects of various magnitude through the making of scaled or real size models, maquettes or prototypes?”

This exploration is famously depicted by Charles and Ray Eames in their seminal film the Powers of Ten, conceptualising this adventure in magnitudes, depicting the relative scale of the environment in which we work.

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker – with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.

Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames, rereleased in 1977. The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude). The film is an adaptation of the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke, and more recently is the basis of a new book version. Both adaptations, film and book, follow the form of the Boeke original, adding color and photography to the black and white drawings employed by Boeke in his seminal work.

In 1998, “Powers of Ten” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

If you attend the exhibition, you can share your photos on our social media channels. (#architactcollective or @architactcollective)


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