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Syracuse University Creates “Trans(inter)ference” Installation for Festival des Architectures Vives

Syracuse University Creates “Trans(inter)ference” Installation for Festival des Architectures Vives
Syracuse University Creates “Trans(inter)ference” Installation for Festival des Architectures Vives, Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam
Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam

For the 10th Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, Syracuse University commissioned a team to design an installation in the courtyard of Hôtel Audessan. The project, “Trans(inter)ference,” was a 3D drawing designed and constructed by Maya Alam and Daniele Profeta, with the help of three Syracuse University students.

Focusing on the in-between of architecture, the project favors the space between idea and resolution, "between old and new." The installation was developed by projecting the facades of Hôtel Audessan through one another, creating a labyrinth of layered views.

Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam + 21

While the spatial and physical nature of the project is dependent on its material densities and line-weights, the perception is dependent on the viewer – an intersection of drawing and sculpture in space. Trans(inter)ference is both a product of its site and of the observer’s perspective, creating new relationships according to one’s position.  

Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam
Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam
Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam
Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam
Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam
Courtesy of Daniele Profeta and Maya Alam

Though complex at first glance, the structure is a simple system of frames covered with repurposed VHS tape. The material’s coloration, luminosity and reflectiveness lends itself to its theme of the in-between, creating an immersive visual and acoustic filter for its surroundings.

The project received a special mention award from the festival.

Area: 14.5m2/156ft2
Date: June 2015
Design: Maya Alam in collaboration with Daniele Profeta
Student Team: Emily Greer, Waralee Kaewkoon, Thomas Byung H. Kim 

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Cite: Eric Oh. "Syracuse University Creates “Trans(inter)ference” Installation for Festival des Architectures Vives" 28 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/770923/syracuse-university-creates-trans-inter-ference-installation-for-festival-des-architectures-vives/> ISSN 0719-8884