Janet Echelman, Trevor Lee, Opvius | Organic Solar Futures | Boisbuchet 2018
As we move towards our renewable energy future, new technologies offer unlimited potential for integrating art and energy within the public realm. The workshop considered the transformative and creative possibilities of Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) thin film technologies.
The goal of our workshop was to collectively design and construct a large-scale, outdoor, tensile-structure installation that collects the suns energy during the day and release light at night. Our installation, on the grounds of Domaine De Boisbuchet, integrated with its surroundings both visually and environmentally while providing movement during the day and self-illumination at night.
JANET ECHELMAN (US)
Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. Her work intersects across the boundaries of Sculpture, Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Material Science, Structural and Aeronautical Engineering, and Computer Science. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object to look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with computational design software to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on five continents.
Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard Loeb Fellowship, Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, and Fulbright Lectureship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces." Her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" has been translated into 35 languages with more than one million views. Oprah ranked Echelman’s work #1 on her List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!, and she recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.”
TREVOR LEE (AU)
Trevor’s background includes over 16 years’ of experience in both the academic and professional sectors of Landscape Architecture. He brings public realm and urban planning expertise as well as strategic leadership and project management experience to any project. He has led design studios and seminars in landscape architecture and urban design, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Trevor has taught at the Boston Architectural Center, Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Landscape Architecture and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and third-year coordinator at the Illinois Institute of Technology Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Program.
With both of his professional degrees coming from art and design schools and his background of working with several Landscape Architecture offices, Trevor has a wide range of skills and experience. In his previous position as Associate at James Corner Field Operations, he led the design and concept phase for the High Line section 3. Trevor also led JCFO’s winning competition entry for Chicago’s Navy Pier and, most recently, OLIN’s design for Pier 26 in Manhattan. He has his own office, Suprafutures, which has been awarded, in association with the Land Art Generator Initiative, grants from the NEA, Heinz and Hillman Foundation, to design and construct the first energy-generating art installation in an American public park, called WindNest. Trevor is currently an Associate and Manager of Visual Communications at OLIN in Philadelphia.
OPVIUS, a German-based Organic photovoltaic (OPV) manufacturer, is partnering with us as part of this workshop and introduced the science and applications of OPV or Organic Photovoltaic solar cells.
Film by Alex Harrison
Participants: Windy Chien, Jeremy Hollister, Lee Po Wen, Mélanie Bras, Yang Chihhsiu, Marina Jacob, Ko Ming-En, Friederike de Weerth, Chen Yen Fang, Huang Hsuan Ting, Karin Kazinczy, Lisa Pettibone,Kobe Tomas A Garmyn, Abbie Adams.
Technical Team: Carlos Guisasola Suarez, Maximiliam Weidacher, Viktor Reiter
Tutor: Studio Echelman, Trevor Lee.
August 19th to 25th