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  • Geometric Curtain

    Virginia MELNYK, "Geometric Curtain."
    buffalo NEW YORK

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Virginia MELNYK: Geometric curtain is a window installation designed specifically for CAW gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. Here, parametric modeling is utilized to design a filtering that interacts with light during the day and night.

    During the day, as it shifts and transitions across the window, light filters through the colorful geometry. Blues, pinks, and yellows layer together to create a mixing of color combinations seen through the depth(s) of the curtain. The design takes on the opportunity to play with color, light, and interior-exterior relationships. Color swatches shift in hierarchy by changing in size across the design. they are sewn together like a 3 dimensional quilt out of 604 pieces.

    At night electroluminesent wires illuminate the curtain with patterns programmed for an Arduino. These programmed lighting themes create a design that address light in a way different than the experience during the day—that is, they cause the same curtain to become yet more active and to illuminate in a linear manner.

    sP: 
What or who influenced this project?
    VM: Rainbows.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    VM: Reading: Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens (Man the Player) and Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses; listening to The XX and Sufjan Stevens; and watching Orphan Black.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    VM: Tara Donovan; James Turrell; SOFTlab; Rael SanFratello; and Future Cities Lab.

    Additional credits and links:
    [virginiamelnyk.com]

    Electric Engineering: Dan Wahl.

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