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  • Possible Mediums

    Possible Mediums.
    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the upcoming Possible Mediums exhibition.

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    This is the second event of the Possible Mediums project, an ongoing series of workshops, exhibitions, and public discussions showcasing design investigations based in speculative architectural mediums. It was initiated one year ago when the four of us came together to promote novel design trends emerging at our schools and across the country. In our view, the conventional mediums of architectural production are rapidly changing. Comics, toys, balloons, animal characters, wrong drawings, self-made machines, and a host of other mediums are reshaping the way we design. To mobilize these trends, we invited seventeen designers to join us in an ongoing effort to highlight, discuss, and extend this provocative work.

    The inaugural event, a regional conference that took place at The Ohio State University in February 2013, brought together eighteen designers, 120 students, and invited guests John McMorrough and Jeffrey Kipnis to participate in design workshops and formal discussions surrounding the question of mediums in contemporary architecture. The twelve workshop leaders led students in a range of design exercises that challenged architectural conventions by either going outside of the discipline to seemingly unrelated fields (designing kites, bagpipes, and comics) or steering traditional mediums toward unconventional ends (plaster casting to make animals, orthographic drawing to construct optical riddles, and architectural modeling to produce perceptually infinite interiors). In both design and discourse, the conference results demonstrated the profound potential of an expanded conception of architectural mediums.

    The next phase of the Possible Mediums project has begun! It includes a traveling exhibition that will feature new pieces from each designer grouped into four categories: Active Models, Excessive Volumes,Figural Projections, and Tactile Objects. The exhibition will open in Ann Arbor in January 2014, with plans to travel to Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York in progress. The exhibition will share this exciting work with a national audience and provide a backdrop for future events, workshops, and discussions.

    Possible Mediums began with the gracious support of our home institutions, but in order to take the show on the road we need support from all of you. The Graham Foundation is helping with a generous grant, but we have more costs to cover: exhibition design and construction, shipping support, marketing, and future events (panel discussions, workshops and design community outreach). The entire Possible Mediums crew is wholly committed to building architecture’s audience by promoting design in its many forms and formats and we will do whatever it takes to make sure your support is utilized in the most responsible and efficient way possible.

    The Kickstarter campaign to support the traveling exhibition can be found here: [LINK]
    Simply follow the link above and click the button that says, “Back this Project”. You will be handsomely rewarded! On our campaign page, you can also watch a short promotional video with footage from the first conference event and read more about this project and its origins.

    You can learn more about our project and its contributors on our new website at www.possiblemediums.com.

    Thank you for your support of this event and the Possible Mediums project!

    Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure, and Kyle Miller.

    The Possible Mediums group is: Ellie Abrons, Andrew Atwood, Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Brennan Buck, Angie Co, Justin Diles, David Freeland, Benjamin Freyinger, Adam Fure, Andrew Holder, Mariana Ibanez, Jason Kelly Johnson, Thomas Kelley, Simon Kim, Jimenez Lai, Michael Loverich, Kyle Miller, Anna Neimark, Antonio Torres, Michael Young.

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