[enclosures] is an immersive intermedia installation that joins architecture, music, video, and sculpture. Designed in collaboration with a team of architects and musicians at the University of Michigan, [enclosures] is premised on the idea that no one spectator can perceive the entire structure at any time. The physical structure, comprised of dramatically textured paper and silicone, is designed to guide the spectator in a narrative of movement from the mysterious door-like opening, to hidden internal structures that only gradually real themselves. Once inside these internal structures, the audience will be unable to apprehend other parts of the installation. Three separate video projections cast images of the paper and silicone onto themselves, blurring the lines between what is screen and what is object, and what is reference and referent. Similarly, the audio dimension plays with the distinction between the acoustically produced sounds, i.e. motors that actuate the walls and doors, and the electronic media projected through the space. The fixed media track samples the sounds of the paper, silicone, and motors, and is spatialized across four channels to guide the spectator towards different points in the space over time. The ambiguities that pervade the installation create rich perceptual experiences that encourage spectators to reflect on the limits of their own perception, and provoke them to engage their fellow spectators to put together an understanding of the piece as a collective.
Duration: The installation is designed to run indefinitely, though one cycle of the video and actuation lasts approximately 10 minutes.
The paper walls and doors are laced with monofilament at specific points to create intricate folds when pulled taut. The monofilament is connected to servo motors powered through arduino, which controls the movements of the walls and doors. The movements are programmed to run along a 10 minute cycle of actuation.
Four channels of audio are distributed along speakers spaced in a surround-sound configuration, raised and placed behind the walls of the physical structure. Three video projectors show the same 10 minute video on three separate walls: one projects on the front of a wall, and the other two cast the video from behind two other walls. Lighting fixtures are distributed behind other walls to further illuminate the space.