in collaboration with Swis.Loc Architecture; How do new technologies and media affect the role of the traditional gallery space? We propose a new app for broadcasting and cataloging future show. During the Green3 show, three physical edifices(Green Space,Green Perspective Machine,and Green Die) will work in conjunction with the app, utilizing chroma key compositing, also known as green screening, to replace their real surfaces with digital imagery and environments submitted by artists. Ultimately, both the gallery and its app act as a conduit, giving artists a platform to reach local and global viewers.
Archilab – 24620
This International meeting on Architecture held in May 2001 by Archilab, brought together young selected Architects from around the world to think about new conceptual strategies for housing. Manu Garza participated in 24620, a multi-media installation of a house that was sliced in Detroit, shipped, and reassembled in the Archilab courtyard in Orleans (France) to serve as a 1:1 narrative on Detroit’s Urban Decay. The house has been further de-constructed and pieces continue to travel as smaller exhibitions have unfolded in Germany, the U.K., and Korea.
Participants were asked to submit a 20′ x 20′ mural, on a wall slated for demolition. We reinterpreted the parameters as Architects by creating a real “trompe l’oeil”, a physical, three-dimensional experience. Using discarded pallets, we proposed a “living wall”. In the cavities of the pallets we imagined plants and soil creating a microclimate, while providing an opportunity for community participation and growth; a primary goal for NbPAC. Between the existing wall and the new wall a change in the texture of the ground reinforce the three-dimensional experience. The visitor is sandwiched between the decay of one structure and the potential for growth and development in another.
Here and Now 2008 Cranbrook Academy of Arts Graduate Degree Show
The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit put out a call to artists to exhibit temporary work in its newly reconfigured carriage house gallery. Our idea was to investigate connections between city and suburb through a very literal displacement of territory. By Taking the dimensions of the footprint of CAID’s Carriage House, situated in Detroit we would graft them onto a landscape on the grounds of Cranbrook Academy in the nearby suburb of Bloomfield Hills. We would extract a one foot section of earth and grass, transport it into the city, and exhibit the section of earth in the Carriage House; creating two simultaneous exhibits, two territories to be explored, and two distinct conditions.
Influenced by themes of revival, nostalgia and nature, the trees have been returned to the focal point of light in the home as lamps. et al.'s found materials come not only from holiday trees, but also fallen from storms, and discarded from landscaping projects. Each of the trees is carefully stripped of its branches and pine needles, which are donated to a neighboring rooftop garden for mulch. The fLume lamps are minimalist and organic, staying true to form. The pieces are intended for display according to what suits their natural shape; table top, hanging and floor standing. Each piece is one of a kind and uses exposed filament bulbs of various shapes and sizes
Short for Hitching Post; this design was inspired by both previous and present Detroit landscapes. Borrowing directly from the automotive stamping metal process and coupling it with a need to improve the existing fodder of urban furniture churned out by local city authorities.
The concept challenges the value of banal street furniture. Leaning on the power of graffiti and public art to give rise to new forms. Each piece become a deliberate ACT, considering function, structure, context and infrastructure.
The method and process was derived through a series of studies. Originally designed in 2d paper sketch, then translated to 3d digital, chip board studies were laser cut to determine patterns. Final iterations were constructed using a CNC laser on 18 gauge steel.
Special thanks to Progressive Metals for their support.
VOC – Validity Of the City
“The intention of V.O.C. is to provide a format, a meeting platform, for the analysis of New York City by its inhabitants, comminglers, passersby, and passengers. Comprised of a loosely knit group of design-minded citizens from many different countries and fields, the V.O.C. seeks not to define New York and its myriad parts in static history book fashion. Instead we seek to fine-tune our understanding of it, much like the mechanic of a luxury automobile (hydrogen fuel celled of course), to optimize its full potential as human made generative engine.” – JCH