MONUMENTS AND CAMPS

2018

Supported by Faculty Research Grant, Syracuse University

Research Assistant: Katharina Koerber

A Monument is typically thought of as an object charged with symbolism and meaning that is formally or spatially distinguished from its immediate context. By contrast, the Camp is a bounded territory with distinct internal organizational logics and operational behaviors. If the monument is symbolic of permanence and timelessness, the camp is ephemeral, emergent, and typically occurs in response to timely conditions (i.e. event, disaster, warfare, etc.). Yet a closer consideration of these typologies begins to blur these temporal distinctions. The historical value of a Monument does not maintain constant meaning or significance over time, and Camps persists as an indefinite state of alienation for its residents.

 

Characteristics of Monuments

- autonomous object
- permanent
- formal
- iconic

Characteristics of Camps

- bounded field
- temporary
- systematic
- generic 

This series of drawings depicts several significant buildings first as a monument and then as camp, as an exercise in disambiguation of these concepts.