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Heron-Mazy is a working practice producing projects and pedagogies for an altered and altering architecture by means of pamphlets, digital interfaces and media films. It is run by John Maruszczak and Roger Connah since 1990, with the collaboration of Ryan Manning as assistant and digital effects designer since 2008. Architects, animators and scriptwriters from Heron-Mazy use ideograms, photo cartographies and digital animations in order to document, analyze and rescript the dynamics of the dispersed city. Heron-Mazy (based in Arlington, Texas, USA, and Ruthin, North Wales, UK) took part in worldwide competitions and exhibitions with a series of architecture scripts and films called "Pulping the city", an audiovisual remix of three video cartographies ("Interface, Animall, & Brautigan"; "The bystander in Calgary"; "Pulping Detroit: on the road 2013"). Different films and slashed versions of each film, including "Involuntary Architecture", have been exhibited at various venues: Cranbrook Museum of Art; Detroit Film Center; Dallas Video Festival 21 & 22 ; Creative Research Laboratory in Austin, Texas, USA; Beyond Media 05 in Florence, Italy; Project 59 Video Festival in Tribeca, New York City, USA. In 2008 they were awarded First Prize in the White House Redux International Design Competition (Storefront for Art and Architecture) for their entry "Revenge of the Lawn". Their architectural video "The bystander in Calgary" was also selected for the Arquiteturas Film Festival in Lisbon, Portugal (2013). Between fragmented and dissected architectural spaces, the short film is an exploration of a distorted urban space through the subverted point of view of the bystander, a metaphorical being that allows the viewer to question the paradox that is space and the nonsense of movement.

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The bystander in Calgary
Duration clock dark 02:58 min

The bystander in Calgary

Published on Oct 24, 2014