Searching through the ideals of projects from the 1960’s, the Air Hugs exhibition redeploys the inflatable as an imaginative tool for exploring the architectura; implications and consequences of emerging trends and technologies. Rekindling architects’ experimental side, it treats Storrs Gallery as a petri dish for combining space and computation in search of an affectionate encounter between these mediums and tries to cultivate desire from their union.
The 12-foot tall "Air Hug" is a prototypical architecture, not an architecture of absolutely clear boundaries, but rather a mediator between bodies and space that creates chambers for lingering and speculation. It is a sensing environment, which receives, tracks, and moves with you, causing the actuated material to produce a deliberate gentle breathing, inhaling and exhaling contractions of flexing, and fields of vibration. It responds with chains of motion that race outward and creates reflexive loops, which envelop, encircle, and push back, casting a socially enveloping brilliance of reflection and light.
The gallery opening on March 12 at 5:30 pm will entail a grand performance, in which a team of dancers will actuate the space for the first time for the public. A second performance will take place at the conclusion of the Dense Emptiness symposium on March 26 at 6:00 pm.