joanie lemercier attempts to grasp the cosmos with blueprint
joanie lemercier attempts to grasp the cosmos with blueprint joanie lemercier attempts to grasp the cosmos with blueprint
apr 07, 2015

joanie lemercier attempts to grasp the cosmos with blueprint

joanie lemercier attempts to grasp the cosmos with blueprint
all images courtesy of joanie lemercier




in ‘blueprint’ new york-based artist joanie lemercier translates immateriality of space, architecture, and the ever changing causality between the two. the installation is composed of a central monolithic tower flanked on either side by two large screens that activates in a show of projected light and sound. the visual story takes spectators on a journey that traverses architecture of the world and the cosmos at large; moving sporadically amid concepts of formlessness and form representative of the capriciousness of nature.


video courtesy of joanie lemercier





audio was recorded by yair elazar glotman at EMS in stockholm, which was then processed, augmented, and fused with electronics by bristol/berlin-based james ginzburg. ‘blueprint’ was influenced heavily by the exhibit’s location, a former phillips factory in eindhoven, netherlands. the exhibition communicates notions of grandeur–in buildings and the universe–mirroring the interrelation of order and chaos found in every atom on earth.

gothic blueprints

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3D scans of a cathedral


the audience can enter the central monolith

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3D cathedral

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architectural scans

screens are attached to a truss structure

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geometrical patterns projected on the screens

details of ‘blueprint’ scans

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visitor walking through non-activated installation


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main monolithic structure and flanking screens



project info:


created by: joanie lemercier
music composed by: yair elazar glotman, james ginzburg
production: juliette bibasse
commissioned by: STRP biennale 2015
software development: nikolay matveiev
media servers development: tom butterworth



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