Festival of Ideas for the New City
Materials: Mylar, Acrylic, LEDs, Conductive Thread, Lithium Batteries
Area: 270 sq.ft.
Date: May 7th, 2011
SOFTlab produced a hanging installation for the entrance to School Nite, an exhibition of site-specific installations, performances, and discussions. The installation was curated by Nuit Blanche New York as part of Flash:Light 2011 along with the Festival of Ideas for the New City sponsored by the New Museum.
The installation was in the entrance of St. Patrick’s Catholic School at the corner of Prince and Mott Streets in NYC. The form was generated through a gravity driven process and then prepped for production. The surface contains more than 1400 battery powered LEDs. The piece was designed to light up the entrance for the night time event. The main formal expressions of the installation are the hanging pieces that flicker and blow in the wind, with the intention of slowing down traffic through experience and effect rather than typical barriers. Visitors are meant to co-mingle and interact with the piece, not unlike a clown fish and the sea anemone.
Photos: Alan Tansey
Design Team: Michael Szivos, Carrie McKnelly, Inessah Selditz, and Elliot White
Installation: Carrie Chang, Andrew Chen, Caitlin Duffy, Rich Ericson, Jeff Geisinger, Brandt Graves, Ayaka Hales, David Hecht, Genevieve Hoffman, Mike Kelberman, Simon Kristak, Matt Lake, Avery Max, Owen Nichols, Chris Niederer, Geetha Pedapati, Julia Schleppe, John Schlueter, Austin Smith, Chi Tam, Felisia Tandiono, Alan Tansey, and Joan Tom