The chapter discusses Manhattan Unfurled (2001) and London Unfurled (2011) by architect/illustrator Matteo Pericoli (www.matteopericoli.com/), two beautiful books in accordion format containing a collection of pen and ink drawings of the two cities’ skyline. Pericoli’s line is silent and yet it tells a lot, it becomes a simple but effective device in order to capture "the image(s)" of the city, to narrate its story, a story that no illustrated book, even the most accomplished one, can fully comprise between its covers.
The chapter’s significance is two-fold, on one hand it locates with historical rigour Pericoli’s work within the established tradition of the art of urban sketching, suggesting similarities and contrapositions, so that the scale and originality of his earnest creation emerges clearly, on the other it posits Pericoli’s work in the wider theoretical debate regarding the representation of urban space, by considering the formations and functions of the illusory power of representation. The city is inseparable from its representations, but it is neither identical with nor reducible to them – and so it asks complex questions about how representations traffic between physical and mental space and render the city legible, responsive to our desires to read and see it.
Discourses concerning the current (and future) representation of our cities are extremely topical, Pericoli’s drawing project contributes significantly to the perennial attempt to make order out of the urban chaos by adopting the universal language of the line, the one that crosses the boundary between writing and painting.
|Title of host publication||Images (III) - Images of the City|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Conference Proceedings|
|Editors||Veronika Bernard, Hatice Ovgu Tuzun|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||Images (III) - Images of the City - Austrian Cultural Forum, Istanbul, Turkey|
Duration: 31 Oct 2013 → 1 Nov 2013
|Name||Ethnologie / Anthropology|
|Conference||Images (III) - Images of the City|
|Period||31/10/13 → 1/11/13|
- Cultural encounter
- Urban space