Opening for Luis Pons / Inventory 2
Dec 1 @ 7p
Buena Vista Building
189 NE 39 Street #120
Miami Design District
from November 29â€December 4, 2011.
Please join us on Thursday, Dec 1 from 7-11pm for a reception in the Miami Design District. Luis Pons’ new, interactive “Chapel” will be on view in the Buena Vista Building as part of Inventory 02: Soul Does Matter. Drawing on a diverse set of worldviews represented in a range of media, this second iteration in Thais Fontenelle’s Inventory series explores the interplay between the material and the intangible personalities of design objects.
â€œChapelâ€ an organically shaped, meditation chamber designed by architect Luis Pons will be part of Inventory 02: Soul Does Matter, an exhibition that will showcase the work of a provocative group of designers who embrace the concept of limited production manufacturing. Inventory 02: Soul Does Matter will be on view in the Buena Vista Building, 189 NE 39 Street #120, in the Miami Design District from November 29â€December 4, 2011.
â€œChapelâ€ offers a relaxed interior for one to four people and is preâ€programmed by the facilitator to support the usersâ€™ individual needs during daily sessions. Upon entry users experience a period of meditation, during which the chapelâ€™s integrated lighting, sound, and aroma therapeutic scent systems are set to create a calming atmosphere. Meditation is followed by activation of the videoâ€conferencing mode, during which users engage in a twoway communication with an energy expert via the Chapelâ€™s Internet connected stateâ€ofâ€theâ€art video conferencing system. Sessions close with the Chapel returning once again to a meditation atmosphere for a period of time. When users leave the Chapel lowâ€level lighting gently illuminates the interior until the next session begins.
â€œIn the Chapel we leave the distractions and chatter of the everyday world behind. Here we are able to embrace and enhance our ability to reconnect to the energy source that is within ourselves and always available in the universe,â€ says Pons. â€œThe chapelâ€™s organic shape is a symbol of life itself. Like a cocoon, it is a source of, and protective space for, birth, rebirth, renewal, and growth.â€
The 18â€™ x 12â€™ x 9â€™ structure will be fabricated from 69 elliptical panels crafted from translucent white fabric that was custom designed, creating a soft oval interior space. This interior space sits on an oval platform made of acrylic light cast cotton. A custom designed sofa bench offering seating for up to four people inside the Chapel is oriented toward a 42â€ audio/video LED display with integrated speakers. The audio/visual system includes an Apple Mac mini control processor and computer, an HD web camera with a microphone, and an iPod Touch. A highperformance LED lighting system can be programmed to bathe the interior in various lighting schemes.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!