In the Lattice
Exhibition Design 2002

In the Lattice is the product of a six-month artist-in-residence grant provided by IASPIS, the International Artist Studio Program in Stockholm, and was exhibited there as well as at Archilab in Orleans, France in 2002. Formulated as an interactive event-structure, In the Lattice integrates digital design and fabrication technologies with interactive programming systems to reconfigure conventional modes of interface and authorship within the site of the gallery.

In the Lattice is conceived of as an active modeling environment where remote sensing technologies allow the exhibition visitor to engage in active participation with the content of the exhibition. A prototype geometry inscribing an intricate lattice pattern is deployed as a navigational system within a series of four light tables. The lattice geometry, laser cut into the acrylic table tops, regulates the positioning of magnetic sensors beneath each table. The motion of several magnetized 3D print models across each tabletop relays a series of coordinate permutations to a 3D modeling script. Adjacent to the tables, eight plasma screens display a series of 3D digital models which are driven by the script. These models mutate and change as visitors re-draw and re-work the content of the exhibition. The resultant content and effects of the exhibition are thereby algorithmically negotiated by various agents.

In this immersive modeling environment the interface between object and viewer is blurred and intensified. Each light table operates as a kind of game board, providing a surface of exchange for its users by embedding their actions within the real-time transformations of the work on display. The tables are weighted according to the distribution of the sensors into zones which encourage specific movement patterns of the 3D prints. The relationship between the scale of the table and the layout of the sensors sets up a variety of possibilities for manipulating the projected material.

Exhibition Design – servo >> Design Partners - David Erdman, Marcelyn Gow, Ulrika Karlsson, Chris Perry >> Design Team - Daniel Norell, Thomas Broome, Olaf Bendt, Fredrik Petersson >> Funded by - IASPIS (International Artist Studio Program in Stockholm) >> Permanent collection - FRAC Centre in Orleans, France