Assessment 2: Charles & Ray Eames, Powers of 10

‘A series where there are jumps in scale’

Cities are made by the relationships between things and the experiences derived from them. Charles and Ray Eames’ film ‘Power of 10’ is a model of scale. They used many media to model experiences and ideas. Using media such as film, allowed them to ‘walk through’ an experience and offered a way to visualise layers of meaning. ‘Powers of 10’, sought to visualise relative size and relationships of elements through space and time to expose what happens when scale is introduced. Powers of 10 represents a way of thinking, a way of seeing the interrelatedness of things. The Eameses combination of imagery and control frames explores the simultaneous presentation of information. Through jumps in scale, their film explores the relationship between people and the space around them, looking at their experience within a city and all the way to their connection with outer space.
Like ‘Powers of 10’, my film, Human Interaction ^10 explores the contemporary nature of interaction through scale. Where ‘Powers of 10’ jumps in scale through a vertical axis, my film explores the effects of scale in the horizontal axis, dealing with relationships on a personal level rather than the interrelatedness of people within space. By viewing the subject; people and technology, at different distances, I use film and the framing within the film to explore the idea that society is more ‘technologically connected’ whilst simultaneously becoming more disconnected from our city. People are no longer looking into the sky at architecture but more readily at devices and architecture framed within these devices. In the first section of my film, as the subject stands under a grand archway erected out of sandstone, he stands staring at his phone. I believe this typifies this disconnect between society and our city. It symbolises the contemporary way we view architecture, with a barrier between things, and thus the experiences derived from them are less personal.

Slate Magazine. 2017. Powers of Ten: How Charles and Ray Eames’ experimental film changed the way we look at Chicago — and the universe.. [ONLINE] Available at: <>[Accessed 05 April 2017].