I’ve got a couple photos in the current issue of The New York Review of Books, to accompany the article “A Masterpiece on the Rise of Christianity” by Garry Wills.
175 Rome Churches sequence – online version and documentation. Includes a list and interactive map of all the churches.
During a period of 11 months I walked and explored the city, visiting, documenting, and researching 175 churches from paleochristian to baroque. I was drawn to the inherent desire in classic church architecture – the focus, symmetry, and implied movement. Over time I found that I was making the same photograph in each space – aligning myself to the center axis, focusing on the apse of the church.
All churches are thinly present throughout the sequence. As the animation progresses each image becomes more opaque and then recedes into the mix.
An earlier version of the sequence, 129 Rome Churches, was presented 30 May 2012 at the American Academy in Rome during the School of Fine Arts Concert. It was shown as a visual complement to Lei Liang’s In Praise of Shadows (2005), a piece for solo flute.
American Academy in Rome Feature mentions our work and the video projection during the concert.
Lei Liang had the great (and generous) idea of having me display my Rome Churches projection loop behind Manuel for the performance of his beautiful piece. American Academy in Rome, School of Fine Arts Concert. 30 May, Villa Aurelia.