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An Environment Built

An obsession with eating correctly and the relation between this internal control and the control of the world around.

Orthorexia and horizon-lines

When we see the horizon, we see it as a line. The more of it we see the more it encircles us. It is a circle, but with us in the middle it is flat. When we see it all we are in awe or terrified. We often only get it in segments, wide views or blips, arcs read as lines. This is to imagine that our feet are on the ground; yet when we lift up our feet, the farther and farther we get from the ground the more this line starts to curve, bending, elongating, until it clicks in on itself and we gain a world view.

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There is a lot of property sold on this way upward. And in the 2000s the focus of high-rise real-estate has been private ownership, luxury residences. Selling real estate with the amenity of a piece of the horizon.

Is the horizon a kind of punctuation. A way of placing things in relation to each other. A way of knowing where you are? And where you are relative to what else you see? A way of seeing that everything else is relative to your perspective? Is it markable, marked or built in different quantities, having a different meaning the more or less of it there is? Marketable, sold dressed with value, something that can be held, something that can be bitten?

In 2016 I visited some of the condos for sale at One57 and 432 Park avenue and started to think about the effects of advertising and selling of horizon line-views when they were embodied in a domestic space: how did these views, in the place of wall space to hang something, become in some sense owned, as a part of the property of a home? And how does owning a bit of the horizon confuse one’s control of personal space with control of the world around them?

To be orthorexic is to be obsessed with correctness. Orthorexia is an eating disorder. It is comparable to anorexia, if you replace control’s relation to quantity with quality. Quality in the sense of healthy and organic, the raw and the pure, the environmentally conscious and the correct.

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