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2005 04 08
Technology and Civic Space
imageimageBIX is a permanent light- and media installation for the Kunsthaus Graz in Austria by realities:united architects from Berlin. (see http://www.bix.at) They describe the interactive installation as

A matrix of 930 fluorescent lamps is integrated into the eastern acrylic glass facade of the biomorphic building structure of the new Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria. Through the possibility to individually adjust the lamps’ brightness at an infinite variability with 20 frames/second images, films and animations can be displayed - the Kunsthaus' skin is transformed into a giant low resolution computer display.

In the BIX project realities:united combines communications and building technologies to create an amenity with an engaging and provocative civic function. It is easy to imagine how Toronto's John Street - the conceptual centre of this country's media and entertainment industry - could be enhanced by a similar installation. Canadian architects have technology and media resources on par with those available in Europe. So why haven't we seen more technologically sophisticated, media-centric buildings here?
[email this story] Posted by Robert Ouellette on 04/08 at 12:17 PM

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