Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dlectricity Installation: Light Terrain

 

RogueHAA’s DLECTRICITY submission, Light Terrain, was one of the 35 installations chosen of 225 global submissions.  Light Terrain was installed on the southwest corner of Woodward and Warren, across from the Wayne State University Welcome Center.

Terrain Vague.  Ignasi de Solà-Morales defines terrain vague as land in a “potentially exploitable state but already possessing some definition to which we are external,” or “strange places” that “exist outside the city’s effective circuits and productive structures.” Detroit is an often cited characterization of Sola-Morales’ concept, yet these “strange places” are typically understood as either unacceptable results of economic decay, or as sites of optimistically unrealistic potential divorced from the realities that created them. Our installation sought to bring a more nuanced approach to Terrain Vague that both recognizes the realities of urban vacancy while maintaining the possibility inherent within. By creating a space for interaction and conversation, our installation attempts to both literally and conceptually establish a provisional ‘ground’ for interaction among DLECTRICITY viewers that strikes a balance between planned and spontaneous, solid and void, architectural surface and landscape

Light Terrain.  Comprised of an articulated landscape of varying light sticks, the installation catalyzed interaction through the application of a responsive architectural skin (membrane/layer/field) to the existing building and ground conditions. Like an luminous synthetic ivy, the installation expanded across the site in an organic field both defining new spatial potential and enhancing the existing context – literally and conceptually tying architecture to landscape.

 

 

ROGUEHAA AT DLECTRICITY

RogueHAA’s DLECTRICITY submission, Light Terrain, was one of the 35 installations chosen of 225 global submissions.  Light Terrain will be installed on the southwest corner of Woodward and Warren, across from the Wayne State University Welcome Center.

For more information about rogueHAA’s concept and project statement for Light Terrain, see DLECTRICITY Competition Entry.

“Inspired by nighttime arts festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY, Detroit’s new nighttime, contemporary light art festival, will host 35 local, national and international artists whose cutting edge works of art, lighting design and performance will illuminate the historic architecture of Midtown. For two electrifying evenings, Midtown Detroit will be enveloped in a sea of light as a number of artists converge on Detroit to “light up” buildings and city spaces in Midtown using various mediums that meld sci-fi technology with Victorian spectacle on a grand scale.” -www.dlectricity.com

DLECTRICITY is a production of Midtown, Inc. and Detroit Gallery Week.