Julieta Hsiung


Collaborated with MIO (Mateo Irisarri Orobia)



The ground represents the vast horizontal expanse along the x-axis that invariably lies beneath our feet. In the context of a city, the ground, along with everything that rests upon it, serves as the city's skin. It is meticulously planned, divided, flattened, and covered, evolving into a phenomenon that mirrors the intricate interplay between reality and hyperreality. Under the influence of anthropocentrism, the ground transforms into an archaeological structure, crafted in response to the demands of human urbanization, resiliently supporting the weight and footfalls of subsequent architectural developments.

Through the language of photography, our aim is to magnify and document the ground's existence, thereby recovering its inherent natural essence. In this creative process, human presence is intentionally omitted, allowing the ground—the silent witness of human activity—to unveil its unique narratives, stories that only it can recount.

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This is an exploration rooted in posthuman theory, aiming to deconstruct and decontextualize the presence of the Earth in a postmodern landscape. It serves the dual purpose of unveiling the social, aesthetic, political, and economic systems encapsulated within its contemporary manifestation while also opening the door to boundless interpretations. In this narrative, the ground possesses an enigmatic, prophetic, and enduring quality, reminiscent of the mysteries and textures found in outer space.

Regarding the title, 'Idmard' serves as a wordplay on the name of the city where our project originates. It metaphorically symbolizes the Earth's transformative journey, from fertile soil to urban dust. It also reflects the ease with which we often overlook and engulf the Earth, an entity that exists in silence yet has already offered its predictions and insights into our future.

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