Displace is a study in material and optical distortions as captured in mirrored glass. The work is comprised of a physical installation in the historical Calkins Law Office, and the paired film “Semblance” on view inside 54 Jefferson. The work seeks to create a peculiar occupation of the space, while also presenting, in reflection, the further existence of the space through distortion, multiplicity, scale, and displacement. Symmetries, patterns, and realities are disrupted.
Displace have been generously funded by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Research Through Making Grant.
Catie Newell is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan and founding principal of *Alibi Studio, Detroit. Newell’s work and research captures spaces and material effects, focusing on the development of atmospheres through the exploration of textures, volumes, and the effects of light or lack thereof. The work often reconfigures existing domestic spaces. Newell’s creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to location and geography, and cultural contingencies. Newell’s Salvaged Landscape won the 2011 ArtPrize juried Urban Space award.
Grant Weaver is a designer and filmmaker, currently working with *Alibi Studio in Detroit. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan with high distinction. He also holds an Associate of Science and Arts from Northwestern Michigan College. Weaver has collaborated on numerous research projects culminating in full scale installations, exhibited in galleries such as the Parsons New School Gallery, NY, the Extension Gallery, Chicago, and most recently the Venice Architectural Biennale in Venice Italy. Weaver’s current research is focused on material systems and their behavior, often explored through the peculiarities of a site. As a body of ongoing research, these investigations seek to create an interactive dialogue between the architecture, occupant, and environment.
Wes Mcgee is the Director of the FABLab at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and a principal at Matter Design Studio, which he founded with Brandon Clifford in 2008. He also holds a lecturer position in the College where he teaches courses in robotic fabrication, and conducts research on advanced fabrication methodologies. The primary focus of the FABLab is to develop innovative fabrication workflows for architecture. His recent work includes an installation at the OSU Knowlton School of Architecture entitled La Voute Lefevre, which was published in Monitor Vol 68, and a large scale robotically fabricated steel structure in the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.