CCS – Infrastructure

Critical & Contextual Studies

In the second CCS lecture we delved deeper into the meaning of ‘infrastructure’. Here we have an image we spoke about as a group by Chris Jordan


For me the picture at first glance was just a mass of white marks on a blue backdrop, but then I began to notice the little planes and their familiar drag lines they cause. One plane on its own in the sky isn’t much. however if you could hold each plane and the mark it leaves in the sky still for long enough you would eventually end up with an image similar to this one. This image creates the barely noticeable/visible into something substantial and even quite daunting. I say daunting because you look to a blue sky and its peaceful, tranquil and beautiful, when you put into context how busy the skies actually are it takes away the blissfulness. Jordan’s piece makes the invisible visible.

We looked at the photographer Andreas Gursky, in particular his Los Angeles, 1999. 13094611364_71bd613f42_o

Here we see Los Angeles at night. The image appears to be endless, falling off each side of the photo, even flowing over the horizon. If you look closely you can actually see the curvature of the earth. This makes me feel very small knowing that a city can be that big. I would imagine if the photograph had been taken in the day time we would be looking a very different image. At night we get to see the glow of the lights lighting up each road, all the buildings lit up, it gives a feeling of the city being a manufactured bioluminous living organism.


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