Sam Smith
THE HORIZONTAL WINDOW (2016)


The Horizontal Window, installation view, Gallery of Contemporary Art, E-WERK, Freiburg. Photograph: Marc Doradzillo


The Horizontal Window, installation view, Gallery of Contemporary Art, E-WERK, Freiburg. Photograph: Marc Doradzillo


The Horizontal Window, installation view, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow International 2016


The Horizontal Window (2016), video still


The Horizontal Window (2016), video still


The Horizontal Window (2016), video still


The Horizontal Window (2016), video still


The Horizontal Window (2016), video still
The Horizontal Window (2016)
Single channel 4K video installation
17:11 minutes

Cinematographer: Mario Krause
Villa Le Lac: Nicole Beuchat, Patrick Moser
Glassmaker: Samuel Clémentin
Voice: John Norman

The Horizontal Window was originally commissioned by the Gallery for Contemporary Art, E-WERK Freiburg; Glasgow International 2016; and The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow

Villa “Le Lac” is a property of Foundation Le Corbusier - Paris
Run by Association Villa “Le Lac” Le Corbusier - Corseaux
www.villalelac.ch

Glassworks
www.matteogonet.com

Script:
Le Corbusier, ‘Une Petite Maison 1923’ and original text

Special thanks:
Nella Aarne, Nicole Beuchat, Heidi Brunnschweiler, Jan Dorosz, Matteo Gonet, Rebecca Howard, Bart Manders, Patrick Moser








 
In the early 20th century Le Corbusier conceived of what would become ‘Villa Le Lac’. He imagined a structure without a site in mind, a conceptual apparatus for capturing light and opening views on the landscape, a ‘camera house’. The villa is a dialogue between two apertures: a long 11-meter ribbon window facing Lake Geneva, creating views like a celluloid filmstrip; and a smaller, squarer unglazed frame that is cut into the exterior garden wall. Mirroring this, ‘The Horizontal Window’ is shot in two ratios and projected onto a three-dimensional screen built from the geometry of their intersection. ‘The Horizontal Window’ highlights the materiality of glass as an active element in the production of moving images and architectural vistas: a powerful agent with the ability to transmit, reflect and refract light.