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Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood of First Office explore new ways of thinking about architectural production while still being “honest or forthright about … our sources and references,” among them twentieth-century artists like Marcel Duchamp, Kazimir Malevich, and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
Their Authenticity installation is composed of three tabletop models: a ready-made double-door, from plans by Duchamp; a one-room house; and a film screening room in Los Angeles. Each representation doubles as a miniature of a built or under-construction First Office project and an examination of the architectural model as an art object. Of particular interest is the model as a scaled reality, with details that “are both ornamental and formal,” down to the tiny outlet covers in the one-room house. Accompanying each model is a video that shows how, “if you could touch the model, … you would move around it.”