Architecture and neuroplasticity collide

An exhibition and a pavilion opened last week in the SLQ Gallery at the State Library of Queensland as part the 2016 Asia Pacific Architecture Forum: Sulcus Loci and Over the Boundary.

The Sulcus Loci installation is an interactive architectural pavilion that invites visitors to experience the interconnection between neuroplasticity and the human environment.

The installation houses an experiential artwork developed by artist Svenja Kratz and composer Dr Eve Klein of the University of Queensland’s (UQ) School of Music. Working in partnership with Queensland Brain Institute’s (QBI) Luke Hammond, Kratz was commissioned by the UQ Art Museum to interpret QBI’s extensive collection of brain scans for the exhibition. Using these scans, Dr Kratz developed a conceptual brief for masters students in architecture, multimedia design and interaction design, challenging them to collaboratively create an immersive exhibition environment.

Interactive skin of the Sulcus Loci installation by UQ masters students of architecture, multimedia design and interaction design.

Interactive skin of the Sulcus Loci installation by UQ masters students of architecture, multimedia design and interaction design.

Image: Dianna Snape

Architect Kim Baber (Baber Studio) led the architectural research studio that developed the structure. “The final form of the pavilion is a response to naturally occurring patterns and ordering systems like those within the human body,” Baber said. “Moving from microscopic to habitable space, the framework has been stretched with a skin that invites people to enter and engage.”

Dr Stephen Viller of UQ’s Interaction Design program added, “Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in an experience in a space that creatively combines art, science and the environment into one.”

Also on display in the same gallery is the Over the Boundary exhibition which explores architecture’s engagement with boundary conditions from the political to the personal.

Over the Boundary exhibition curated by John de Manincor.

Over the Boundary exhibition curated by John de Manincor.

Image: Dianna Snape

Curator John de Manincor (UQ/The Architecture Office) says “Architects deal with boundary conditions in a variety of ways; in the literal sense of land ownership and the boundary of a building envelope, but increasingly by working across geographic borders and disciplinary definitions.” The exhibition features illustrated through photo essays, video installations and models. De Manincor adds: “This exhibition is more about people than product. Rather than celebrate ‘buildings’ the exhibition provides a brief insight into the design, making and occupation of a small sample of buildings and projects in the Asia Pacific.”

The exhibition includes the work of eighteen practices from the Asia Pacific region: Manu Sobti (India/USA), Dongsei Kim (AXU Studio, Korea), Griffith University, OPEN Architecture (China) and Australian practices Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet, Architectus, Andrew Burns Architects, The Architecture Office, Cox Architecture, James Davidson Architects, Facet Studio, Iredale Pedersen Hook, JPW, KGA Architecture, Marra + Yeh Architects, PTW, Studio 505, Decibel Architecture / Zimmerman Design Studio and Studio Workshop.

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Over the Boundary and Sulcus Loci are on exhibition at the SLQ Gallery at State Library of Queensland from 1 March to 15 May 2016. The exhibitions are part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum and coincide with the World Science Festival Brisbane.

The Asia Pacific Architecture Forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland and Government Queensland; presenting partners Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN, the Museum of Brisbane and Brisbane City Council; event partners University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects, Artisan, the Australian High Commission Singapore and The Architecture Office; and is presented in association with The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) – The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Maison&Objet Asia and Inspiring Australia.

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