Dark Freak x MIT Architecture

 

Dark Freak x MIT Architecture

In collaboration with MIT School of Architecture & Planning and Thresholds Journal, Nocturnal Medicine produced a funerary rave. The party was designed to provide a collective space for experiencing ecological grief, and for the co-occurrence of these feelings with the joy-in-togetherness of the dance party. Multiple strategies were employed to create a space for these emotional states— projections, a written meditation, interactive material displays, annointments. With no waste bins provided in the party space, guests were instructed to place their cups and empties upon a marble slab in the heart of the room; over the course of the night, an altar emerged as the centerpiece of the dance floor. A quiet space provided room for talking and reflecting, populated by fossils and traces of crude oil as prompts for thinking and feeling. The party was a manifestation of our essay written for Thresholds Journal on the party as a social mechanism for ecological intimacy.

Related projects: Party: Ecological Architecture for Intimate Relations; Meditation for Ecological Grief

 
 
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Type _ Event Production; Lighting Design; Installation

Time _  2018

Location _ Long Lounge, MIT School of Architecture & Planning

Collaborators _ Dee Diggs, Anne Graziano, Eliyahu Keller

 
 
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 The altar in the late hours of the party, with offerings of plastic debris, empties and spillage

The altar in the late hours of the party, with offerings of plastic debris, empties and spillage

 
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 The marble altar in the early moments of the party, adorned with cherry blossoms and rose water

The marble altar in the early moments of the party, adorned with cherry blossoms and rose water

 
 
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