Lawrence Tech students and faculty contribute to architecture and design exhibition in Venice.

Release Date: June 8, 2018

CoAD is in Venice! A team of CoAD faculty and students and recent graduates have an installation on display in the exhibition, “Time Space Existence,” now open in the European Cultural Centre in Venice. Running concurrently with the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the exhibition features 100 architecture and design teams from 6 continents.

Considering the role of space in framing auditory experiences, the CoAD installation, “#throwaway #sonic #vessel #bluebirddetroit,” operates as a sonic vessel. Like sound, it is designed to be ephemeral and transient. Partnering with Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC), whose mission embraces the goal of preserving cultural space through sound, the vessel engages the occupant with acoustic impulse responses from and of Detroit. 

Architecturally, the sonic vessel is molded using a paper pulp product, an ecologically provocative medium which is biodegradable. This acoustically insulating material is also relatively light which meets the financial objective to reduce weight for one-way shipping since the project will not return to Michigan. The work is designed to be flat-packaged which is in keeping with our design objectives of sustainability and responsible costing.

The sound work presented is that of Wendell Harrison, an African American jazz multi-instrumentalist, playing tenor saxophone on Detroit’s Blue Bird Inn Stage. The Blue Bird Inn, a Black-owned establishment, housed some of the most important musical moments in jazz history, with performances by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and countless other makers of the Detroit music scene. The hallowed stage was rescued from the ruins of The Blue Bird Inn by DSC in 2016 and is now on a performance art odyssey. By engaging with the vessel, the user extends the Stage’s sonic legacy and connects acoustically with the pulse of Detroit.

Wendell Harrison’s performance was recorded at the Detroit Public Library during The Blue Bird Inn Stage’s 2017 summer residency. Mr. Harrison was recently named Kresge Eminent Artist for 2018, a lifetime achievement award for his dedication to Detroit’s music community, and his influence on the development and documentation of jazz.

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    “Time Space Existence” Exhibition

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CoAD is in Venice! A team of CoAD faculty and students and recent graduates have an installation on display in the exhibition, “Time Space Existence,” now open in the European Cultural Centre in Venice. Running concurrently with the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the exhibition features 100 architecture and design teams from 6 continents.

Considering the role of space in framing auditory experiences, the CoAD installation, “#throwaway #sonic #vessel #bluebirddetroit,” operates as a sonic vessel. Like sound, it is designed to be ephemeral and transient. Partnering with Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC), whose mission embraces the goal of preserving cultural space through sound, the vessel engages the occupant with acoustic impulse responses from and of Detroit. 

Architecturally, the sonic vessel is molded using a paper pulp product, an ecologically provocative medium which is biodegradable. This acoustically insulating material is also relatively light which meets the financial objective to reduce weight for one-way shipping since the project will not return to Michigan. The work is designed to be flat-packaged which is in keeping with our design objectives of sustainability and responsible costing.

The sound work presented is that of Wendell Harrison, an African American jazz multi-instrumentalist, playing tenor saxophone on Detroit’s Blue Bird Inn Stage. The Blue Bird Inn, a Black-owned establishment, housed some of the most important musical moments in jazz history, with performances by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and countless other makers of the Detroit music scene. The hallowed stage was rescued from the ruins of The Blue Bird Inn by DSC in 2016 and is now on a performance art odyssey. By engaging with the vessel, the user extends the Stage’s sonic legacy and connects acoustically with the pulse of Detroit.

Wendell Harrison’s performance was recorded at the Detroit Public Library during The Blue Bird Inn Stage’s 2017 summer residency. Mr. Harrison was recently named Kresge Eminent Artist for 2018, a lifetime achievement award for his dedication to Detroit’s music community, and his influence on the development and documentation of jazz.

CoAD’s Venice Exhibit Team: Karl Daubmann, Deirdre Hennebury, Breanna Hielkema, Ken Humberstone, Aaron Jones, Janelle Schmidt, and James Stevens.

Founded in 2012, DSC is dedicated to partnerships that conserve Detroit’s musical legacies. Their mission is to support Detroit’s sonic heritage through outreach, preservation, education, storytelling, curation, and innovation.

“Space Time Existence” runs from May 24 to November 25, 2018. Closed Tuesdays. Free Entry.

Palazzo Mora
Strada Nuova #3659
30121 Venezia, Italy

Links:
Palazzo Mora (http://www.palazzomora.org/)
Detroit Sound Conservancy (http://detroitsoundconservancy.org/)

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