In This House (2020)

I was invited to make a locative media design that encouraged audience interaction with the live performance by Buffalo-based dancer Naila Ansari happening in the exhibition opening (Jan 17th, 2020) at Albright-Knox Art Museum’s new Art Space in Northland. The performance involved a life-size rooftop construction in the space of designed by artist Heather Hart

In this piece, I also wanted to bring the process of architecture’s construction to experience for the audience. The locative media and mobile technology effectively enforced the idea of place/space as progressive and helped the audience play an active role in the art viewing process. I designed four stories (videos) to be viewed in four spots around the corners of Hart’s rooftop. The videos engaged themes such as insideness/outsideness with a focus on the relationship between body and building. Each story (a combination of digital video and text) was embedded in four QRcode labels, printed and installed on four sign holders standing around Hart’s rooftop for the visitors’ access, similar to four pieces of a puzzle. The audience was invited to follow a cycle based on the signs; they could scan each QRcode with the camera app on their mobile phones to see Naila’s performance in course of completion of the structure in the same spot.

mobile app interface
mobile app interface
Rooftops construction in progress

stills from four videos produced for mobile application
still from video#2