Dean Ila Berman and Professor Mona El-Khafif's installation exhibited in Data + Matter

Urban Syncopation, an installation by Ila Berman, Mona El Khafif, Marcella Del Signore, and Steven Beites, is part of an exhibition titled, DATA & MATTER, on display from May 26 - November 25 as part of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition is supported by the GAA Foundation / European Cultural Centre and is curated by Marcella Del Signore (Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology), Nancy Diniz (Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Frank Melendez (Assistant Professor, City College of New York).

The exhibition also features work by AUM Studio, Little Wonder Studio, SOFTlab, e(eiroa)-Architects, Future Cities Lab (founded by UVA alumnus, Jason Kelly Johnson) and more.

Data & Matter Exhibition Brief:

Modes of perceiving, experiencing and inhabiting cities are radically changing along with a radical transformation of the tools that we use to design. Cities, buildings, bodies are complex and systemic organisms requiring approaches that engage new multi-scalar strategies to connect the physical layer with the system of networked ecologies. Over the past two decades we have witnessed a series of projects with an interest in shaping architectural form coining terms such as ‘datascapes’ (1), and more recently, ‘atmospheric thinking’ (2). In these projects computational technologies inform new relationships between information and matter, code and space to redefine new urban ecosystems where light, temperature, humidity, and biometric data are pre-conditions for spatial form. This exhibition presents a group of projects by leading international designers using emerging and novel forms of reading and producing spatial conditions that connect/visualize data, responsive systems, and sensing/actuation technologies, through micro and macro scales. The exhibition takes the opportunity to exhibit a range of projects, side by side, that transform data as an abstraction into spatial and experiential configurations. It aims at triggering discussion and debate on how the use of data in design methodologies and theoretical discourses have evolved in the last two decades and why processes of data measurement, quantification, simulation, ubiquitous technologies and algorithmic control, and their integration into methods of making architectural form and spatial experiences, are becoming vital in academic and industry practices.

(1) Mass, W. Van Rijs, J. De Vries N. http://www.mvrdv.nl/en/about/Design_Philosophy 

(2) ‘Thermodynamic Interactions’ An Architectural Exploration into Physiological, Material, Territorial Atmospheres’ Ed Garcia-German, J. Actar Publishers 2017