modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange

modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange

supa system installation is a flexible and adaptable

 

Joseph Zeal-Henry and Deborah Garcia present the SUPA System, a human-scale installation exploring the relationship between music and communal gathering spaces. Inspired by commercial billboards’ aluminum frames, the modular and open-source structure draws from diverse architectural traditions, offering a flexible platform for collaboration.

 

The SUPA System, launched at Harvard University, features a versatile design with no fixed dimensions, allowing it to adapt to various environments. Set on hinges, the flexible structure’s walls can be opened or closed, while a semi-transparent gauze can be hung across the grid for film projections, enhancing its functionality.

joseph zeal-henry's modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange
all images by Malakhai Pearson

 

 

joseph zeal-henry and Deborah Garcia foster collaboration

 

Designed by Joseph Zeal-Henry and Deborah Garcia to encourage creative exchange, the SUPA System can be replicated by fabricators worldwide using open-source designs. Collaboration with a sound engineer ensures high-quality sound production, with materials carefully selected to support speaker performance.

 

With a blend of low-fi and high-tech fabrication techniques, including CNC-ing the speaker boxes, the SUPA System invites participation without emphasizing individual authorship. Taking a playful and critical approach to the idea of infrastructure, the installation facilitates collaboration and exchange with other people. 

joseph zeal-henry's modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange
Joseph Zeal-Henry and Deborah Garcia present SUPA System

joseph zeal-henry's modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange
systems and a projection screen integrate into the aluminum frame

joseph zeal-henry's modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange
the sound system arrangement can be shifted depending on the sonic experience required

joseph zeal-henry's modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange
set on hinges, the modular structure can be opened and occupied to host various events

joseph zeal-henry's modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange
speakers boxes made by Joseph Zeal-Henry

joseph zeal-henry's modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange
SUPA during the opening night

joseph zeal-henry's modular sonic sculpture can be reconfigured to foster creative exchange
inspired by commercial billboards’ aluminum frames

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modular sonic sculpture supa system launches at harvard 4
realized to foster creative exchange

modular sonic sculpture supa system launches at harvard 2
poster designed by Lauren Harewood

 

 

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project info:

 

name: SUPA System
designers: Joseph Zeal-Henry | @josephzealhenry – Deborah Garcia | @theblankwall

sound design: White Rabbit Audio

visual identity: Lauren Harewood, SOAKE

aluminum fabrication: URSA Concepts

photography: Malakhai Pearson

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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