Currently on display at the Portland Museum of Art until May 19, ‘Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx’ showcases the power of design through an interactive exhibition featuring work of some of the world’s leading architects and designers. The display, designed by architects Tim Ventimiglia and Jennifer Whitburn of Ralph Appelbaum Associates, includes a 17-foot-tall tower with three levels of images that alternately reveal themselves and disappear. A dynamic image projection will light up two sides of the tower by using projectors embedded in the interior of the tower and will feature infrared light sensors, creating touch interactivity for visitors. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.
The visitors’ touch will cause a rippling response of images on a massive scale and connected to 12 architectural themes: Nature, Place, Expression, Material, Process, Responsibility, Light, Structure, Space, Craft, Optimism, and Culture. On either side of the tower will be two 10-foot-tall sound portals with thematic audio clips from the Architalx lecture series. Through the use of “holosonic” technology for projecting tight beams of sound, the sound will be heard only by the person or persons in the portals.
The exhibition will highlight the cutting-edge work of leading architects and designers from around the world who have presented as part of the Architalx lecture series in Portland during the last 25 years, including: Glenn Murcutt, Rafael Moneo, Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Peter Bohlin, Jim Cutler, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Ada Karmi-Melamede, Samuel Mockbee, Brian MacKay-Lyons, Brigitte Shim, Merrill Elam and Henry N. Cobb, among others. The Voices of Design tower was designed with the multi-media interactivity created by the international team of Raphael DiLuzio, artist and Associate Professor of Design Science/Fine Art at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, as well as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and Matthias Oostrik, an interactive video artist based in Amsterdam, with contributions by Andrew Bradley, structural engineer with SMRT in Portland. Voices of Design was curated by Robert Wolterstorff, Director, Bennington Museum of Art, Vermont and John Turk, Principal, ttl-architects, LLC.