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