Museum of Art + Technology (Partnership with Preston Scott Cohen)

Jonathan Dreyfous
Victoria A. Rospond
Lea H. Cloud
Chris Hoxie
Jay Stancil
New York, NY

The Museum of Art and Technology design aims to exemplify and inspire unprecedented applications of information technology. Symbiosis of digital media and architectural space results in a kind of cat's cradle situation: reciprocal elements bound in tension. Two seemingly separate horizontal spaces are toggled such that each appears to be an extraordinarily thick mass from which the other is carved. The structural system is based on mathematical theories of tensegrity, a force field of separate compression members held apart by cords in continuous tension.

At once episodic and coherent, the totality is locked in a double bind. It is not dialectical in the ordinary sense of opposing terms, such as virtual reality vs. three-dimensional spatial reality. On the contrary, it involves the coexistence of three-dimensional realities of equal status. Hence, it is hyper-dialectical.

The final plans involve cutting through the tensegrity in precise positions according to scenarios investigated in collaboration with curators, artists and systems analysts. As opposed to programmatic evolution vis-à-vis space planning, the network of tubular joints acts as an armature for the museum to expand like coral along the circulatory loop. Thus, the proposal is not only an analogy, but a developing system that directly responds to the programmatic demands of new media display and experimentation.