Collection by Carren Jao

Exploring Inner Space at SCI-Arc


In Out of Memory, currently on view at SCI-Arc's gallery in Los Angeles, architect Patrick Tighe transports visitors to another plane with an experiential installation that combines light, sound, material and form. Rather than create the customary art object, Tighe collaborated with Berlin and Rome Prize-winning composer Ken Ueno to produce a sound installation that first took shape from the ambient noises heard within SCI-Arc's walls. Reworking the recorded ambient sound, Ueno produced a composition that is the aural equivalent of a seeing Hokusai’s Great Wave forming and rushing toward you. The auditory groundswell is peppered by sharp clickety-clacks, as if attempting to snap you out of an enforced meditation; listen to a portion of the piece in this video. A six-axis robotic arm from Machineous programmed with a 3-D mapping of Ueno’s composition milled the structure on-site, giving the installation its unique parabolic shape. Have a look at the exhibition in the slideshow that follows.

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In collaboration with many groups, Tighe created an immersive installation that is pure form.
“Out of Memory” uses patterns that were inspired by the frequencies of Ken Ueno’s composition.
One enters the exhibition through a long narrow corridor. Photo by Joshua White/Courtesy of SCI-Arc.
The hardest part of the installation was the programming of the robot, admits Tighe.
A softly glowing orifice above draws the eye upwards, a movement that evokes a certain sense of religiosity.
A glowing red orifice at the bottom of the parabolic chamber is inset with a mirror at the far end.
Drawings by Tighe Architects show various representations of the built space.
A six-axis robot milled the polyurethane foam on site.
“The memory aspect is the construction process itself,” says Tighe.