The annual competition run by MoMA PS1 that awards an emerging architecture firm the opportunity to design a site-specific installation in the courtyard of the Long Island City art institution has selected the Minneapolis-based practice, Dream the Combine. The 2018 Young Architects Program winners have collaborated with Clayton Binkley of ARUP for their victorious proposal, Hide & Seek, beating out five other finalists for the honor.
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Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers' work investigates the conceptual overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory. Their portfolio features artful installations that play with reflectivity and capitalize on the potential of the mirror. Similarly, their winning construction for YAP will create—through the utilization of mirrors—a responsive, kinetic environment that features nine intersecting elements arrayed across the entirety of the MoMA PS1 courtyard. As described in a press release, each of theses horizontal structures will contain two inward-facing, gimbaled mirrors suspended from a frame, that can move in the wind or with human touch, permitting dislocating views and unique spatial relationships across the space that foster unexpected interactions.
“For the 19th year of the Young Architects Program, Dream The Combine’s provocative intervention Hide & Seek is a test of architecture in Long Island City, Queens and, more broadly, the American city" said Sean Anderson, the Associate Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. "Conceived as a temporary site of exchange, the proposal activates the MoMA PS1 courtyard as a speculative frontier to be magnified, transgressed, and re- occupied.”
Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator at Large adds that "in recent years, Long Island City has become more vertical. With this project, MoMA PS1 will engage horizontally, inviting the neighborhood and our diverse audience to participate in and engage with our programs at eye level. Dream The Combine’s proposal addresses this in both form and content, with participatory architecture to reflect, if not to literally mirror, the here and now in Long Island City and the country as a whole.”
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