In Rare Item, Miles Gertler produces a taxonomic index of architectural technologies. In this narrative series, objects and non-objects populate scenarios toward the production of material situations as heterotopian reflections.
In his series of prints, Scenario City, Gertler claims the abject constituents of the built environment—signage, stanchions, stakes, ropes, piles—as the critical architectural element. The overriding frameworks depicted in each image are host to a collapse of territorial properties. These speculative images propose endless ark-like vessels for the production of an other world of accidental reconfiguration, much in the way that the botanical tradition concentrates a global range of samples into a single collection or pleasure garden. In these images, architecture is not merely organizational, but constitutive of the situations produced therein. A companion guide to each image documents the naturalist imagery that populates each collage, embedding in each constructed image an index of hyperlinks to a deeper history of territorial analysis and modification. The work is preoccupied with the manufacturing of the sublime and the uncanny in the ordinary, while consciously obviating the human body in all roles but viewership.