'OPENINGS' Interactive Installation Project
OPENINGS by Andrea Boeck, Jihyun Kim, Justin Lui
OPENINGS is an interactive storefront installation, built into the façade of the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) gallery in Hollywood. Located at a border condition between the urban context of Hollywood Blvd. and the art gallery environment of LACE, OPENINGS uses architectural strategies and interactive media to address these two seemingly disparate zones.

A system of modular vacuum-formed panels, LCD displays, and LED lights is built into both the interior and exterior sides of the LACE storefront wall. White LEDs glow in intensity according to the motion and proximity of pedestrians on Hollywood Blvd's 'Walk Of Fame'. LCDs on the exterior show text describing the history of LACE gallery, while LCDs on the interior quote various characters encountered on Hollywood Blvd. In this way, OPENINGS functions as the active membrane between two zones on either side of the storefront wall, pulling Hollywood Blvd. into LACE gallery and LACE gallery onto the street.

Open August 22, 2008 - January 10, 2009
Reception on October 15, 2008
UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design
UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts

Project Funding: UCLA Arts Forum
Travel Funding: Charles Moore Traveling Fellowship

Instructor: David Erdman
Outside Advisors: Dana Cuff (Citylab), Jeff Burke (CENS), Mark Hansen (Statistics), Casey Reas (DMA)
TA: Jonathan Oelschig

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