Members from the Art in Public Places Committee announced their final selection for the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Commission. In a meeting last Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, the chosen artwork from a highly competitive field of artists was announced. The final selection is by Sarah Schonfeld with Zeller & Moye Architects. Her piece is titled Mine Mirror and was selected for concept. The following, is taken from the Sarah Schonfeld’s project proposal for Mine Mirror:
“Our proposal for an artwork on the large wall in the Computer Lab of the Hardman and Jacob’s Undergraduate Learning Center (HJULC) is a site-specific intervention, which involves and addresses three main elements: the students, the (digitalized) knowledge of the University, and its corollary architectural environment. Our work will engage with these three elements and rearrange them into a spatial arrangement of multiplied perspectives.
For our project Mine Mirror, we will work with the ‘brain’ of the University, its stored knowledge: the digital data-base. We propose to transform the knowledge into physical but abstract elements that students can interact with on various levels. Firstly, a carefully selected part of the University’s data will be copied to storage media in the
form of hard drives. In a second step, the metals inside the hard drives that retaining the data such as aluminium and alloys of ruthenium, cobalt-nickel-iron, cobalt-chromium-platinum will be extracted from the discs in a recy-cling process known as urban mining.. The harvested aluminium and alloys will be transformed into mirrors by ap-plying them as thin layers on blank polycarbonate sheets in a vacuum evaporation process. Following, the metal-coated mirror elements will be assembled into a large pattern, covering nearly the entire wall of the Computer Lab This multi-facetted pattern is designed in a way such that computer users in the Lab can see each other in panes of the th ree-dimensional mirror structure. The mirror landscape visualizes the participatory aspect of individuals coming together to work collectively on knowledge production. Simultaneously, users are offered a new perspective on their own activities in form of a playful and non-digital experience.”
The formal commissioning of the project is currently in process. We will keep you posted when the installation of Mine Mirror is installed.
*Event Image: Julia Barello discussing Sarah Schonfeld’s maquette of Mine Mirror with Dan Kemme.