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Morag Myerscough unveils Mexican camera obscura

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Designer Morag Myerscough has revealed a new installation for the Abierto Mexicano de Diseño Festival in Mexico

Designed in collaboration with Luke Morgan, the installation entitled Ways of Seeing was constructed on Mexico City’s Zocalo Square.

Tthe 14m2 structure, commissioned by the British Council, houses a camera obscura on a 10m-tall raised platform.

Beneath the viewing platform are a series of swings, which allow ‘people to spend time looking at the square while taking part in an activity that is not familiar to the square’.

The Abierto Mexicano de Diseño is the first international design festival in Mexico, and includes architecture, graphic design, textiles and fashion, and industrial design.


The artist’s view

What is the essence of design and designing? It is not the same for everybody. We were thinking about how we approach our work. We concluded that for us it is about seeing and thinking about things in many different ways from every angle – to turn it upside down, back to front, inside out, deconstruct and reconstruct. But this is only possible if you allow your mind to be open up and embrace the unknown.

The phrase ‘Look & See’ on the top of the installation is reiterating that it is easy to look at things, we do that every second but how much do we actually see? What percentage penetrates into our minds rather than washes past in a blur?

So we come onto the reason for building a huge camera obscura installation. From the outside the installation gives away some clues of what it is but they are not overtly obvious. We have made a raised platform so people can immediately start having different views in a square they may be very familiar with but have not see from that position or angle before.

Then you go through the portal into the structure and you will be in a completely black room which has projected on the wall a three-dimensional view as a two-dimensional upside down image. This way of seeing has fascinated mankind since the earliest cave paintings and scratches on the ground and is the most basic element of art and design.


Project data

Location Zocalo Square, Mexico City
Type of project temporary installation
Designers/artistsMorag Myerscough and Luke Morgan
Client Abierto Mexicano de Diseño Festival and the British Council
Start on site date 17 October 2015
Completion date 20 October 2015
Festival duration 21-25 October 2015
External dimensions of the structure 14m2
Height of structure 10m
Paint sponsor Comex

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