New York, NY
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 staircased 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.