SALT

Currents New Media 2018

Santa Fe, NM June 4-8, 2018 (forthcoming)

New Mexico is a complicated place to understand, from its long history and unique geography to the incredible diversity of its people. In this place, the environmental, technological and cultural collide, creating an extraordinary narrative of the South West. (Salt) is a hybrid interactive installation that visually describes and connects the dominant and hidden narratives to tell a story of past, present and future New Mexico.

The physical structure will be one of fabricated ‘tension’, to harp on the beautiful, yet frightening, tension in New Mexico. Tension between technology and nature, between land and sky, between military expansion and native lands. The piece will be oriented in a portrait fashion to reach towards the sky - emulating future space exploration, historical space references and the beautiful open skies. The construction of the piece will tell a story of variation, transitioning from open desert (planes) to peaks and valleys (thin members). 

The digital content will add (and remove) layers from the physical structure through projection-mapping and contextual information display. Using the visitor’s motion, location and direct interaction with the piece as a portal into the various layers. 

SALT is a collaboration between a diverse group of talented artists, architects and software developers focused on creating incredible hybrid digital/physical experiences. 

Design Team:

Tim B. Castillo [Associate Professor, Architecture :: SAP] 

Katya Crawford [Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture :: SAP]

John-Mark Collins [StoryLab, Creative Director]

Alex Webb [Assistant Professor, Architecture :: SAP]

SALT at Currents New Media

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© 2018 by Tim B. Castillo