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NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial
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  • location
    New York, NY
  • year
    2014
  • type
    Installation
  • size
    300 SF
  • location
    New York, NY
  • year
    2014
  • type
    Installation
  • size
    300 SF

As part of the Museum of Art and Design’s ‘NYC Makers’ biennial, ‘Step-in One Too’ transforms a gallery space into a temple-like nightclub environment. Though inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s club culture, the result is a transcendental meeting place that honors the ongoing evolution of NYC nightlife.

At the center of the space, an altar-like structure of four black-painted polished-steel columns conducts the energy of the audience. The structure’s aura of ascension is reinforced in a stair-cased perimeter, from within whose windowed steps succulents infuse the space with life, acting as a symbolic form of fuel. Purple and blue lighting creates an ethereal mood, while reflective stripes create perspectival distortion. The combined effect works to unmoor the audience from a fixed reality by immersing them in the fantasy and spectacle of optical illusion.

MAD Biennial NY central view with columns
MAD Biennial NY steps and wall text
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