Those of us with office jobs often spend our days vicariously engaging with the world through our computer screens. As an antidote to the sedentary lifestyle, Jana Winderenand Marc Fornes collaborated on “Situation Room,” an immersive installation that will shake up viewers’ senses. Currently on view at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, “Situation Room” is described as a sound object. The enormous, hot pink structure not only envelopes viewers in a fluorescent, biomorphic mass. It also vibrates with sound when visitors crawl through the work’s nooks and crannies, which the artists say is a feature intended to make us question the ways we interact with our built environments. Next time your senses feel dulled, you can venture into the “Situation Room” through November 1.

Photos courtesy Miguel de Guzman. See more on Hi-Fructose.

On Saturday May 30, the Speechbuster—a project by Storefront for Art and Architecture that migrates through public and private spaces, inserting moments of debate and discussion—will travel from its current place of residency at the Clemente to Sara D. Roosevelt Park through the streets of New York City into the 2015 IDEAS CITY Festival.

Rivington Migrations, choreographed and directed by Jonah Bokaer, who was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow, is a journey by sixty-four individuals who create various spatial configurations with the thirty-two pieces that make up the Speechbuster. Confronting the soft and hard natures of the Speechbuster, the bodies, and the city, the choreography will traverse the outdoor spaces along Rivington Street before entering into the park. It will move through the streets and engage with the urban landscape and passersby, triggering encounters and conversations through its multiple spatial configurations.

The Speechbuster is a fifty-four-foot-long mobile neoprene structure designed in 2013 by Jimenez Lai and Grayson Cox that transforms from a table with ninety-nine settings to a landscape of undetermined interactions. Featuring the same footprint as the iconic triangular space of the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery, the Speechbuster represents and embodies the institution’s mission to engage with the production of culture beyond the gallery walls.


Storefront for Art and Architecture by Steven Holl & Vito Acconci

Chinatown/Little Italy/SoHo area, New York, USA

Canon EOS 60D, 17-40mm f.4 lens



Pamphlet Architecture 33: Islands and Atolls
by Luis Callejas

Book Launch Event
Storefront for Art & Architecture
Saturday, June 29, 7–9 pm
97 Kenmare Street, NYC

Panel discussion: 
Luis Callejas, Melissa Naranjo, Charles Waldheim, and Mason White 

For this event, Storefront asked a variety of artists to create their own re-imaginings of a 1956 Colombian stamp depicting the disputed San Andres Archipelago—territory that both Colombia and Nicaragua lay claim to. The stamps will be on display at Storefront’s gallery during the event.

Luis Callejas is founder and director of LCLA office, an architecture studio and international research platform based in Medellín, Colombia, and Cambridge, MA. Callejas was awarded the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers in 2013 and selected as one of the world’s best young practices by the Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation in 2010. He currently teaches landscape architecture and urbanism at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the University of Toronto.
Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings

Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings a New York Archive, a project by Matilde Cassani opening on September 13th.

For those who are the chance to be or to live in New York…

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Today’s sounds takes us on the border of SoHo and NoLita, on Kenmare St & Centre St. As I mentioned earlier this week I lived in area, specifically on Broome & Centre. My bedroom window looked out onto Kenmare St. & Centre St. and I would always look at these odd line designs on the side of a building. I always wondered if it was some type of mural or art project because i never saw this said “Storefront” in action. That changed one afternoon when I looked out and saw that the designs came to life and jutted out into the streets, much like the picture above. Swarms of people weaved in and out of the space as they watched videos and looked at images for an exhibition that was on. This specific space made me realize just how versatile public art and exhibition spaces could be. I mean, when can you say simple line designs move to open up an entire gallery space! The space is known as the Storefront for Art and Design, and the organization’s mission is to be involved in the advancement of innovative work in art, architecture, and design. As their mission statement says:

Our program of exhibitions, artists talks, film screenings, conferences and publications is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. As a public forum for emerging voices, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in contemporary design.

The whole point of the Without Walls Project is to exhibit sounds around public art forums and I thought why not record around the very space that I credit with opening up my eyes on what public art forums can be. With this recording you’ll hear how the space sounds like on a day with no exhibitions and the line designs integrated themselves into the brick walls that surround them. I would love to go back and record when there is an exhibition on. Or maybe one of you guys could help me? Anyways expect a map recap for the week very soon.

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Once Upon a Time there was a Cavern:

Styrofoam—harder than it looks to carve, and more sensuous than you’d think to stroke and snuggle up against. True, Daniel Arsham had more intellectual concerns when he ordered up a giant, solid volume of EPS architectural foam, as it’s known in the trade, and had it plunked in the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Then he began Dig, a performative sculptural installation he staged in collaboration with the delightfully named Snarkitecture. Using hammers, picks, and chisels, Arsham excavated an eerie habitat, complete with places to perch and nooks for illumination, a kind of postindustrial igloo with a seductive, yielding surface that makes you want to rub and rub until little Styrofoam balls come off in your fingers. The piece is open for gatherings and performance at selected times, so if you feel the urge for for some urban spelunking, check the schedule (and your socks, since shoes aren’t allowed). Meanwhile, you can track its progress online. Can you dig it?