Lecturer Steven Christensen
General Manifold Exhibition
General Manifold is an immersive architectural installation designed by Spatial Ops, a collaborative architecture platform led by Steven Christensen, Jean Louis Farges, and Anya Sirota. The site-specific work is installed in the abandoned Federal Screw Works factory complex in Chelsea, Michigan, and it will remain on site until the complex is eventually demolished. It was constructed as part of a larger collective design and experimental video exhibition organized by Spatial Ops and students from the Meta Friche research course led by Christensen, Farges, and Sirota in France and Switzerland.
A mysterious magenta void is carved from the perceived solid of the factory's historic central core, generating a site of geometric complexity, chromatic contrast, and optical distortion. A series of precise cuts in the truncated spatial pyramids produces an effect of perspectival inversion, causing the visitor to question the depth, dimension, and scale of this aberrant environment. Inside General Manifold, the visitor encounters a 6-channel soundscape consisting of spatially localized and syncopated industrial sounds layered over readings of seminal ruin texts from the 18th and 19th centuries (John Ruskin, Viollet le Duc, Bernadin de St. Pierre, Denis Diderot). The soundscape was produced in collaboration with Brandie Moses. After exploring the rest of the collective exhibition, the visitor is invited to see the space turned inside-out, an unanticipated opportunity to inhabit the poche.
Installation: General Manifold
Location: Chelsea, Michigan
Scale: 700 sf inserted into 80,000 sf