It is standing to me how early on Faulkner was invested in dynamically mapping the physical systems of Yoknapatawpha in terms of a complex, but largely invisible architecture
. In the opening chapter of <i>Flags in the Dust</i>, for instance, Faulkner presents his first depiction of the plantation house in this context: "Bayard [Sartoris] stood for a while before his house, but the white simplicity of it dreamed unbroken among ancient sunshot trees" (8).
Curator Valerie Smith used Downey's concept of "invisible architecture
" (which his notebooks describe as "the understandment [sic] of energy and the manipulation of this wave-material") as a linchpin for the artist's poetic and evolving oeuvre, touching on at least five interrelated phases: late-1960s electronic sculptures; initial explorations with video in the early '70s, resulting in his groundbreaking travelogues Video Trans Americas (1973-76); para-anthropological videos made between 1976 and 1977 in response to periods spent living in the Brazilian Amazon; sustainable architecture and design proposals from this same period; and several series of experimental pedagogical videos, including "The Thinking Eye," 1974-89.
; experiencing places through the sense of smell.
For all its Art Deco-like lighting fixtures and mint green tiles, this is an oddly invisible architecture
. Hooper's technique of panning briefly before resting on a single design feature suggests a searching gaze that finds and then relishes the pervasive decoration that, as we discover via the video, lies hidden everywhere.
His own "invisible architectures
" take Fuller's ephemeralization endgame, in fact, as their degree zero.