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Screenspace
Installation, Rice Architecture, January 2021
Screenspace is a temporary installation for collective weather-watching. It re-interprets James Turrell’s climate-ambivalent Skyspace in Houston, Texas, for more turbulent skies. Unlike Turrell’s approach to climate (an authored, timeless, swatch of sky), our prevalent sky-monitoring aesthetic is that of the infrared satellite image. Mediated by screens and monitors, we watch for color variations in the rainbow spectrum, hoping never to see that ominous swirl.

In Screenspace, a 16:9 aspect-ratio blackout fabric quilt is designed to be suspended in Jury Hall. Unlight Turrell’s taut projection soffit, this slightly baggy screen it may be the first to acknowledge gravity. Faux berm recliners take variable configurations under this projection canopy, and can be wheeled outside in good weather. These hollow plug-and-play berms look suspiciously like Turrell’s manicured grass mounds surrounding his Skyspaces. Sunrise and Sunset screenings at this pavilion include timeless sky screensavers, occasionally interrupted by real-time weather channels and infrared textures describing Houston’s historical hurricane events.

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