Holiday Home (UN Studio, Amsterdam); Visual Media: Imaginary Forces (NY/LA),
2006, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.
The Holiday Home is an experiential installation exploring and quantifying areas in which the holiday home departs from modern design conventions. The orthogonal surfaces of the archetypal house are extruded and skewed, creating the sculptural armature within which the dichotomies of home and holiday home are played out. The new architectural shape emulates escapism, the expectation of a holiday as removed from the everyday experiential routine. The interplay of what is real and what is virtual transpires on a number of levels touching on ideas of collective memory and phenomenological perceptions.
The unadorned construction allows attention to be directed towards the spatial configurations of the structure. Visitor movement through the installation activates unexpected views and the multidirectional shadows that are cast create unpredictable perspectives as they fall onto faceted surfaces. The perception of time is intrinsically interwoven into the project as light conditions subtly modulate, referencing different atmospheric qualities; the sense of season and time of day become more abstract as one might find on holiday, where time has a different rhythm, unbound by the frameworks of contemporary patterns of living and dwelling.
"ICA is grateful for the generous support of the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative
(PEI), funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of
the Arts. We are also grateful for funding from the Netherlands Architecture Fund,
Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Goldberg Foundation, Inc., The NetherlandAmerica Foundation,
and the Consulate General of the Netherlands. Additional support has been provided
by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council
on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute
of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA and the University of Pennsylvania.rnrnICA
is grateful for support provided by the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, The
Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation, The Honickman Foundation and The Barra
Foundation Inc. Additional support has been provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute
of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania."
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