Whether you're a diehard Miesian fan or could care less about the modernist architecture canon, we've heard of ol' Farnsworth time and time again since its completion in 1951 in Plano, Illinois. But Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of Luftwerk want the public to see the historic Farnsworth House in a whole new light — literally — with their digital installation project called INsite.
INsite highlights the house's characteristic clean lines through site-specific digital video projections and original music compositions, thus rendering it into a new structure of light, sound, and space. In addition to recent preservation efforts to protect the Farnsworth from more floodwater damage in the future, INsite could help revive public interest in an eye-catching way that is suitable for these tech-friendly times.
Illuminating modern architecture landmarks is nothing new for Gallero and Bachmaier, who have collaborated with video designer and programmer Liviu Pasare and composer/percussionist Owen Clayton Condon. In 2011, they brought INsite to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House during its 75th year anniversary. The following year, they created another original video installation titled “Luminous Field” that turned Chicago's Millennium Park into a digital playground.
Since then, Luftwerk has been running case studies for their next artistic endeavor with the Farnsworth House. They set up a Kickstarter earlier this month with a $25,000 goal to support development, equipment needs, and installation to bring INsite to the Farnsworth House. The campaign runs until May 31.
Below are some videos including one of Luftwerk's Farnsworth case studies and their previous installations.