Dark Rooms 2: Server Studio Exhibition

Excavated Ring, visualization

Excavated ring, visualization. rendering / Frank Wang (B.Arch. '18)

Server is the second in a series of three exhibitions that shows work from the Dark Rooms studio, taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Mona Mahall. The studio explores dark rooms as spaces between visibility and invisibility, where they are dense, thick, and deep, where figure dissolves into ground, where ambiguity and uncertainty emerge. Dark rooms imply methodologies and epistemologies that oppose the clear, enlightened space of modern universalist architecture. If this space of visibility, of transparency, and perspective implies a framework of objectivity and scientificity, dark rooms propagate the right to be opaque. The pyramid, the server room, and backstage are in the focus of interest.

The server room is a cave full of cabinets, a shed without billboard, material without form or architecture. It is a dark room housing our largest archive to date. An archive that is important, because it represents the hopes and aspirations for the internet after the end of the internet. Can we design for the internet an (anti-)monument, not as an object of memory, but as a project in the sense of Étienne-Louis Boullée to reclaim, within our exhibition, an open public service?

This exhibition features works by Kate Chen (B.Arch. '18), Clara Eizayaga (B.Arch. '18), Anna Kuchera (B.Arch. '18), Brad Nathanson (B.Arch. '18), Sasson Rafailov (B.Arch. '18), Sean Steed (B.Arch. '18), Beth Tesfaye (B.Arch. '18), Daniel Tompkins (B.Arch. '17), Luba Valkova (B.Arch. '17), and Frank Wang (B.Arch. '18).

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