REEF, AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION BY ROB LEY & JOSHUA STEIN
JUNE 2 - JULY 25, 2009
OPENING: TUESDAY JUNE 2, 7-9.30pm
'Reef', an interactive installation at Storefront for Art and Architecture by LA-based architects Rob Ley and Joshua Stein, investigates the role emerging material technology can play in the sensitive reprogramming of architectural and public space. Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs), a category of metals that change shape according to temperature, offer the possibility of efficient, fluid movement without the mechanized motion of earlier technologies.
Reef redefines the role of architectural envelope by capitalizing on these emerging material technologies to imbue space with behavioral qualities. In this installation at Storefront for Art and Architecture,the public engages in the new social nuances revealed as exhibition is redefined by exploding the perceived 'wall' separating private and public space. The responsive membrane creates a diverse range of porous and dynamic enclosures capable of producing sophisticated, flexible responses to an existing program. Reef creates an interior condition which reacts according to an exterior street-scape, and reasserts an active role in shaping that public space.
Supported by grants from:
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, AIA Knowledge Grant, IDEC Special Projects Grant
This project was made possible by the generous support and assistance of Dynalloy Inc.
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
10012 New York, NY