When a disaster captivates the media, newspapers frequently produce a particular kind of drawing: an architectural plan, or axonometric diagram, which shows with great precision how the event unfolded in space and time. These illustrations try to present the most condensed, complete, and impartial report of the event as known at the moment. "As time goes by, architectural diagrams of the past become more than just information. They are capable of stirring emotions, re-awakening memories, illuminating our connection to history itself," says Constantin Boym. While Boym Partner's previous series Buildings of Disaster existed as small scale miniatures of these buildings—assuming the form of souvenirs—Blue Prints responds to these architectural illustrations, taking the form of an edition of JPGs, drawing on the ephemerality of newspaper publishing, digital image culture, and the sometimes fraught speed at which media transmits the news. Each Blue Print depicts one particular disaster and is delivered as a 300 dpi JPG (sizes very between the six versions). "The memory is an immaterial thing, and these 'digital drawings' are envisioned as a manifestation of memory itself," says Boym. "One can think about it, but not 'grasp' it, and definitely not hold it in one's hand."
Each Blue Print exists in an edition of 50. New Blue Prints will be added on an irregular basis, as future events unfold and pass from the realm of newspapers into the realm of history.
1. Blue Prints (Oklahoma City Federal Building, April 19, 1995)
2. Blue Prints (L.A. International Airport, July 5, 2002)
3. Blue Prints (Texas A&M Bonfire Tower, Nov. 18, 1999)
4. Blue Prints (Moscow Nord-OST Theater Siege, Oct 26, 2002)
5. Blue Prints (The Bundy Residence, Los Angeles, June 13, 1994)
6. Blue Prints (The World Trade Center, September 11, 2001)