Urban Portal Photographer: Alan Rogers
Urban Portal
Photographer: Alan Rogers

Walking In Circles Blog

3: Entrances, Portals, Doors

Changes of State

In a documentary about his seminal Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the architect Jean Nouvel talks about using the lift between floors like a film director would use a cut: when the doors open, the protagonists enter a new scene. Innumerable psychologists and psychiatrists search to unlock portals that offer insights into mania and pathological behaviour. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1954, details his experiences when taking mescaline, and takes its title from a phrase in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake’s 1793 poem. 

Venice is full of portals.