Challenging spatial awareness and perception: Musings on a Glass Box, a work by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s homage to Fondation Cartier is coming to an end. The multidisciplinary team’s installation designed on the occasion of the Fondation’s 30th anniversary will be closing on February 22. Called Musings on a Glass Box, it is a thought-provoking installation using transparency, sound effects and the spatial qualities of the building itself as raw materials for the work.

 

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition
Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

 

Paris-based Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a sponsor for contemporary arts with an exceptional project by the critically acclaimed team of artists and designers Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

From October 25, 2014 the entire ground floor of the Fondation Cartier has been taken over by Musings on a Glass Box, a new installation created especially for the occasion.  Designed in collaboration with American composer David Lang and sound designer Jody Elff, this work is the first to be showcased by the Fondation in which the building’s architecture itself is used as a raw material for the installation. Designed in 1994 by French architect Jean Nouvel, the iconic building in Boulevard Raspail in Paris is famous for its oversized glass façades that enclose the surrounding garden, creating an unclear, diffuse limit between the building and the street.  Taking advantage of the Fondation’s unique architecture, the installation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro portrays this empty space as the holder of many unexpected qualities only by the addition of a series of small gestures in the facilities.

 

 

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition
Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

 

Starting with a disturbance on the ceiling through the implementation of a multimedia moving surface, the artists minimalistic contributions to the galleries -a bucket, sensors and sound-processing equipment- trigger an array of spatial perceptions, creating an surrounding feeling in which one’s relation to space is challenged by questioning our notions on transparency and materiality.

 

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Olivier Ouadah

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition
Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Olivier Ouadah

 

Located in the headquarters of the Fondation Cartier in Boulevard Raspail in Paris, this exciting new work by Diller Scofidio + Renfro will be open until February 22, 2015.

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain was created in 1984 with the purpose to promote contemporary arts, comprising painting, sculpture, media installations, photography and design. Located in its iconic building in Boulevard Raspail, the Fondation has an important permanent collection of art and frequently organizes lectures, temporary exhibitions and installations, as well as editorial work.

 

 

William Eggleston in the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Olivier Ouadah

Elizabeth Diller, Matthew Johnson, Ricardo Scofidio, Trevor Lamphier, David Lang in the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition, 2014. © Olivier Ouadah

William Eggleston (1) and Elizabeth Diller, Matthew Johnson, Ricardo Scofidio, Trevor Lamphier, David Lang (2)  in the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition, 2014. © Olivier Ouadah