Jessie Marino & Leighton Beaman’ s Performance/Installation, “This House Is Made Up Of Talk” opens, February 21st as part of the Cinque Mostre Exhibition at the American Academy in Rome.
The relationship between score and performance / instruction and execution is one that is fundamental to both musical and architectural production. Each disciplines relies on the involvement and entanglement of others for creation. Any work produced within these two fields has already enfolded both modes of existence. The incompleteness, misalignments and incongruities inherent in this duality provide a space for exploration, a place to dissolve the hierarchy and linearity of this relationship into an event. this house is made up of talk is an experimental mini-drama that engages the spatial, rhythmic, and temporal disillusionment of notation and materialization within the event of their creation. Both occur simultaneously and anew with each iteration and as others are asked to navigate the auditory, visual, and environmental dimensions of the piece.Read More
In Translation: Some Loss Is Inevitable, will be on display at the 2019 Cinque Mostre Exhibition at the American Academy in Rome. The collection of artifacts on display is a collaboration between Joannie Bottkol, Allison Emmerson, Karyn Olivier, and Zaneta Hong. Glass unguentaria (perfume bottles) were among the most popular Roman grave gifts. In some cases, mourners poured perfume over the body, then broke the bottles on the ground. In others, the bottles and their contents were deposited whole in the tomb. Perfume was valuable and luxurious, an excellent gift to honor the dead, but its strong scent also helped to mask the very human smells of death, while elevating ritual proceedings beyond the everyday. For this installation, five glass perfume bottles from the AAR Archaeological Study Collection were reinterpreted into six materials—beeswax, dirt, hair, plaster, paper pulp, and resin. These materials were selected for their corporeal ties to the human body and in their traditions of use in conservation, archaeology and construction.Read More
Lumina Pavilion opens October 6th at the University of Virginia. The Pavilion is a product of a design and fabrication course taught by UVA faculty Michael Leighton Beaman & Melissa Goldman and Andrew Kudless of Matsys and the California College of Arts.Read More
The purpose of the proxy series of installations is to experiment with with the workflow of an entire project, from conception to construction. Though these projects operate at smaller dimensional, programmatic and financial scales, they are always addressing larger issues of design practice by crafting resonance between procedural and material effects.
Bigger Than a Bread Box Exhibition Opens - Beta-field was selected to contribute work from their proxy series in this "installation as research" exhibition. The Exhibition will run from June 17th - October 4th at the Boston Society of Architects / AIA - BSA Space, at 290 Congress st. in Boston MA.Read More
Student design work from Leighton Beaman's Intermittency studio will be on exhibit at the RISD Museum in the Chace Center lobby at 20 N. Main Street in Providence RI, May 22nd - June 1st 2015.This studio brings together students from Interior Architecture/Adaptive Reuse,and artists, educators, and RISD Museum staff to design an intermittent space for display, commerce, and communication at the Chace Center. Utilizing the newly completed Co-Works technology lab where students have access to all 3D printing, cutting, milling, and printing facilities, we worked with parametric modeling software and CNC manufacturing equipment throughout the semester to complete an installation in the RISD Museum Chace Center. The installation displays the work from the semester including full-scale mock-ups of the final design proposals. From a pedagogical standpoint, the use digital design and production methodologies that allow us to span from design concept to physical construction to interactive project documentation provided a common ground for a cross-disciplinary approach to design practice. For more on the studio please read Simone Solondz' article in RISD news " Designs for Flexibility "Read More
The Intermittency installation displays the work from the semester including full-scale mock-ups of the final design proposals. From a pedagogical standpoint, the use digital design and production methodologies that allow us to span from design concept to physical construction to interactive project documentation provided a common ground for a cross-disciplinary approach to design practice.Read More
Leighton Beaman and Zaneta Hong’s Proposal for the Boston Society of Architects [ Proxy No. 15 ] was selected as part of the Bigger than a Bread Box exhibition a BSA Space in Boston opening June 17th 2015. The purpose of the proxy series of installations is to experiment with with the workflow of an entire project, from conception to construction. Though these projects operate at smaller dimensional, programmatic and financial scales, they are always addressing larger issues of design practice by crafting resonance between procedural and material effects.
Proxy No. 15 is a lightweight, translucent suspension structure built from recyclable polypropylene and nylon. The installation is derived from the architectonic language, assembly process, manufacturing techniques, and material effects of Proxy No. 10, an installation created for the American Institute of Architects National Emerging Practitioners Exhibition in 2012. No. 10 was designed as an interior pavilion at the AIA Headquarters in Washington, DC using a series of custom-coded digital modeling algorithms to rationalize, structure, and generate all the parts required to build the pavilion in a single day. No. 15was designed by reprogramming those algorithms, inverting many of the original pavilions characteristics; whereas No. 10 is oriented vertically, configured through two minimal surfaces, operating in compression, resting on the floor and rising to a height of 7 feet; No. 15 is a synclining symmetrical landscape, oriented horizontally, operating in tension, and suspended twelve feet above the floor.