Office Baroque

Gordon Matta-Clark


Video, 00:44:00.
Materials: 16 mm film on video

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp.

In 1977 Matta-Clark transformed an office block in Antwerp into Office Baroque. In the first draft, his idea was to only work on the façade, by removing an arch-shaped wedge from the bottom corner to the top of the facade. This would make the building transparent and passers-by would be able to look right through it. The city council refused him permission, however. He made a second draft which was limited to the interior of the building. Two overlapping circles through all the floors formed a bizarre pattern of view-holes and spatial figures. Minor variations in the cut-outs evoked a lively effect.

Camera: Cherica Convents.

Assistant: Dirk Geens.

Audio: Roger Steglaerts.

Montage: Roger Steylaerts, Eric Convents.

Music: Andre Stordeur "syntheses."

Realisation: Cherica Convents.

Producer: E.C.F., Roger Steylaerts.

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