Motion Mapping

Motion Mapping is part of ongoing research in issues of temporality, public space and representation. It is an installation which took place in two locations internationally and across the span of one year. It is also a video drawing of the activity of those spaces over the course of the exhibit. The installation which presented individual student mapping projects from an architecture studio also mapped the daily activity of people as they interacted with the student work creating a layered interactive full scale document in which the visitors of both locations interacted with each other in one space.

Visitors at both locations were drawn into a luminous penetrable volume of string in which two small LCD screen presenting student work were embedded. Upon entering they quickly disappeared into the solid while others already inside suddenly reemerged while interacting with the disappearing and reappearing ghosted projections of the previous users of the space.

The project was inspired by “Parallel,” by Ryuji Sibata in which the mosaic pattern of a swimming pool’s bottom in its distortion reveals the movement of a swimmer as it interfaces the body of water.

Like the body of water in Moholy-Nagy’s example, a fluid inhabitable volume was created. By using 18 miles of string threaded and hanging from laser cut panels with a pattern of varying densities, a penetrable solid was formed. This solid was made luminous and also measurable by the projection of slowly changing colored light and moving horizontal lines which penetrated the space at different densities marking time at three different rates.

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2012    exhibited at Asheville Art Museum – New Media Gallery as part of the inauguration of the first New Media Gallery in North Carolina

2012    exhibited in {RE}Happening – Black Mountain College as part of the annual event which revives the avant-garde history of the Black  Mountain College

2012    exhibited at {PRE}Happening – Artery at the home of the Asheville Arts Council

2006    exhibited at the Digital Exchange Exhibition, at the Center for Contemporary Art – Louisville, Kentucky as part of the Digital Exchange Exhibition in conjunction with the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture Conference

2005    exhibited at Stazione Leopolda in Florence, Italy as part of Spots on Schools – Beyond Media/ Oltre I Media – Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Facolta di Architettura and iMage










































Clemson University students and alumni represented in the exhibit: Booke Barr / Emily Cox / Matt Clarkson / Dan Culbertson / Sandra Doyle / Isaiah Dunlap / Mason Edge / Hans Hermann / Donna Horne / Knox Jolly / Losse Knight / Marc Leverant / Sheldon Lovelace / Fraysse Lyle / Akiko Matsumoto / Jonathan Pitts / Alicia Reed / Thad Rhoden / Lindsey Sabo / Peyton Shumate / Cole Stamm / Mike Stopka / Cleve Walker / Matt Warner / Addison Woodrum / Simons Young.

Clemson students who worked on the installations: Mason Edge / Robbie Eleazer / Mark Gettys / Donna Horne / Katie Howell / Knox Jolly / Marc Leverant / Sheldon Lovelace / Fraysse Lyle / Jonathan Pitts / Cole Stamm /Addison Woodrum.

Project Funding: Clemson University, School of Architecture McMahan Fund / College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities Dean’s discretionary Fund.

Equipment: Clemson University Gunnin Architecture Library / New Center for Contemporary Art.

Photo credits: Mason Edge / Mark Gettys / Beth Headly / Doug Hecker / Knox Jolly / Martha Skinner / Raffi Tomassian.

The Spot on Schools Exhibit is part of the BEYOND MEDIA international festival of architecture and media. It is promoted by the University of Florence and organized by iMage. 2005 Spot on Schools was curated by Paola Gianonia. The Beyond Media festival was curated by Marco Brizzi. The events and exhibit took place at the Stazione Leopolda and the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy in December of 2005.

The Digital Exchange Exhibition is part of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Conference and curated by Kevin R. Klinger, Ball State University Center for Digital Fabrication and Gregory A. Luhan, University of Kentucky-College of Design/Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments. The installations took place at the New Center for Contemporary Art in Louisville, Kentucky from October through December 2006.