Geometry of Light

February 13

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and MAS Context have organized Geometry of Light, an art intervention by Luftwerk in collaboration with Iker Gil that is taking place at the Barcelona Pavilion, February 10-17, 2019 as part of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe’s ongoing program of artistic interventions.

Geometry of Light is an immersive intervention at the Barcelona Pavilion envisioned as a contemporary lens for this important masterpiece, highlighting and expanding upon the architectural and material features of this structure. Using the 1929 Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, as the foundation of the work, Geometry of Light creates a new interpretive layer extending from the primary elements of the architecture, including the gridded plan, vertical planes, and materiality.

This intervention of light and sound enlivens and alters our perception of the essential elements of the pavilion. By emphasizing the open floor plan and material selections, Geometry of Light heightens the illusion of physical and material boundaries. Focused on the gridded plan of the pavilion, a grid of light animates the architecture to accentuate the flowing space as it permeates through the interior and exterior. The animated lines of light are choreographed to trace, highlight, and alter the composition of the pavilion. 

Following its premiere in Barcelona, Geometry of Light will be installed at the Farnsworth House in October 2019 to coincide with the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

MAS Context X Luftwerk X Marina City

April 17

Luftwerk created this animated display in celebration of architect Bertrand Goldberg’s iconic Marina City. This site-specific installation incorporated the basic elements of the building as it was projected around the central core on the rooftop of Marina City. Goldberg was largely known for his disinterest in creating straight, formal buildings like his predecessor Mies van der Rohe; Luftwerk used this difference as an inspiration in this piece. Half circles and petal shaped imagery interplayed with geometric and curved lines to explore the innate characteristics of Goldberg’s architecture. Located in the center of downtown Chicago, the installation incorporated views the surrounding architecture of the city.

 

Lyrical Geometry | Ford House

April 16

Lyrical Geometry Luftwerk 2

Bruce Goff, a self-taught, unconventional architect was also a little-known composer. His organic architecture is spotted across the United States yet a group of his compositions for a player piano last had a public performance in 1936. This event, billed as an evening of “Music, Light, and Architecture” celebrated his compositions and architecture. Luftwerk presented an immersive installation alongside a performance by Third Coast Percussion of their arrangements the player piano compositions within the Goff-designed Ford House in Aurora Illinois.

Luftwerk’s design incorporated the music, nature, and architecture in a projection on the circular ceiling of the round house. The projected canopy above the guests animated their visual interpretation including dots from the original player piano rolls, imagery of nature, and a linear abstraction of the slats on the ceiling. Their interpretation accentuated and enlivened the physical and conceptual ideas of Goff as it interacted with the distinct home.

Projecting Modern | Robie House

Projecting Modern by Luftwerk 2010

Deemed as the first modern home, the Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright is an important architectural masterpiece. The modern home was a masterpiece of the Prairie style and charted new paths for modern architecture. This piece marks, Luftwerk’s first collaboration with architecture. For Projecting Modern, they developed a site-specific installation by reflecting and the linear and spatial qualities of the home to extract ideals of modernism embedded within the design of the Robie House. This interior installation included four projected videos in which the duo added their own interpretive layer onto this iconic structure.

 

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Fallingwater: Art in Nature

Fallingwater video mapping by Luftwerk 2011

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Fallingwater, Luftwerk created this large-scale video and sound installation. This highly regarded house is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest works. The structural dynamism and relationship with the natural surroundings defines this masterpiece. Illuminating the structure of the architecture with a vibrant visual composition, Luftwerk developed a design inspired by Wright’s principles of organic architecture. Images of the waterfall and surrounding flora along with motion graphics and manipulated imagery created a dialogue between the natural and manmade. Illuminating the house highlighted the home, literally and metaphorically; the glowing forms honored the architectural composition in a celebration for today.

INsite | Farnsworth House

March 27

Mies van der Rohe’s historic Farnworth house embodies the architectural ideals of this notable architect. The expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that span the I-beam structure of the home frame expansive views of the nature outside this modern home. Developed as a prototype for his vision of modern architecture in the era of technology, new ideals of living are evident inside the one-room weekend home through the configuration, furnishings, and fixtures.

For Luftwerk, the house held many opportunities to explore and expand on the space and light within this structure. INsite also looked at the relationship of the architecture with the surrounding nature; connecting the two with imagery and light. Through video-mapping the structure itself, Luftwerk projected dynamic animations onto and within the house that evolved over the evening. Reflecting the geometry of the architecture and the natural form of nature, the lit designs turned the house into a lantern, which enhanced the floating nature of the house in a new, contemporary interpretation of this modern masterpiece.

Curator’s Statement