michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US


The Interactive Sliced House

The Interactive Sliced House

Michael Jantzen

© 2015


            The Interactive Sliced House is part of the House as a Metaphor series of public art installations that play with the iconic house shape in a variety of abstracted contexts, juxtaposing the house with other recognizable symbols. Minimal and conceptual, these structures are meant to interrogate the meaning and function of the house by exploring how simple interventions affect its interpretation. In this case, the intervention consists of a series eight segments (or slices) that make up the entire shape of the symbolic house. Two of the slices at either end of the house are solid forms except for a doorway located at the center, both of these slices are fixed to a concrete pad. The other six slices in between the solid forms are open frame silhouettes that can be moved on tracks (mounted into the concrete pad) back and forth in and out of alignment with the two ends of the structure. In this way, the entire shape of the house can be changed by fragmenting it in many different ways in order to form very unexpected spaces in and around the structure.

All of these installations are meant to explore new ways in which to merge art and architecture with the goal of discovering unexpected symbiotic relationships, which will advance the state of the art of both endeavors.

The Interactive Sliced House was designed to be placed into a public park. It is to be made of white painted steel, and it can be installed as a single object and/or as multiples.

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Status: Unbuilt