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Plasma Studio was invited to conceive a site-specific installation for the launch of East Pilsen Arts District's architecture exhibition in Chicago, IL.

From the beginning, our approach was to enhance the already rich modulation of the gallery, its multiple levels and mezzanines, with a system that makes visitors discover the existing space in a new way. 

Intersections between existing and new were generated from key points in a three-axis Cartesian grid that define the gallery space. These points were connected directly through vectors that form three distinct strands.

Each segment is then divided by 10, and triangles are subsequently formed by 3 lateral points.

With support from Arup, this virtual model was translated into a tensegrity structure that further promotes the legibility of interdependencies between the static systems of old and new, and the dynamics of trajectories and light. 

Producing mathematically precise, yet elusive kinetic spatial effects, the arrays of triangles are turning the visitor into an optical machine flowing from the alignment of edges towards their gradual dissolution in a perpetual fashion.

After dark, Douglas Spencer's movies of Plasma Studio’s work are projected onto the panels from different angles. Fluctuating virtual patterns are dissected and caught by the triangular shards, collapsing into a dream-like space of geometry in motion.

The installation defies definitions of what is supposedly art and what architecture. It discusses issues of perception and the relationship between people and space in a non-utilitarian way, yet its bases are practical, architectural processes and the use of descriptive geometry. It was received with enthusiasm by Chicago's art and architecture communities alike.

TYPE_

Public Exhibition

status_

Commission, Built

lOCATION_

Chicago, USA

year_

2006

client_

Extension Gallery

budget_

Undisclosed

size_

160,00 sqm

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partner in charge_

Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell

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