Laura J. Padgett
"The Niche: A Missing Link" is realized by means of Augmented Reality (AR) technology. The project is a logical continuation of the artistic exploration of interstices. In this work, visitors move virtually within these same spaces which draws attention to the overlooked, the neglected and the visionary that often lies in these gaps.
The – then – utopian thoughts contained in the designs by architects Étienne-Louis Boullée (1728-1799) and Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (1736-1806) appear on the smartphones of the AR app user and virtually integrated into the back of the building. Boullée's design for the National Library of France, for example, is interwoven with the reconstructed building of the Literaturhaus Frankfurt. In this way, the echo of classicism is combined with representations of original designs. The viewer can experience a connection between design, repetition and original design. It is a game with recognition and rediscovery of utopian ideas and their echo in urban planning.
In her work, the artist deals with real and imaginary unoccupied spaces to reveal truths that are often overlooked. Like her subject matter, her work itself occupies the spaces between photographic narrative and installation, language and image, history and current events. Although she uses photographic media, the result always exceeds a photographic object. (BA Painting, Pratt Institute; Film & Photography, Städelschule; MA Art History, Goethe University)