If We Want to Continue (from the exhibition 'Tu casa es mi casa')

A meditation on smoke and mirrors, If we want to continue takes its title from Wenn wir weiterleben wollen, a book by Richard Neutra found in the library the VDL House, which was damaged when a fire consumed the original house in 1963. (Presciently, the English language edition, published in 1954, translates the title as Survival Through Design.) The installation plays on Neutra’s predilection for using mirrors to “continue” walls and create a sense of interior panorama by deploying a mirrored partition, which cuts diagonally between the Seminar Room and the Music Room on the ground level, frustrating the Modernist view through the space, but offering a recursive reflection of the house back on itself.

Photos by Adam Wiseman