Gernot Richter – DesCours 2010 – Intense Correlations

This installation, presented for the 2010 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

A canopy will become an interface of different information that will be collected from its environment.  The interaction between these different sets of information and its different articulations of formal variation and movement will inform the spatial quality of the space below the canopy.

AEDS – DesCours 2008 – SW1

This installation, presented for the 2008 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

The SW1 is a site specific installation created for a currently unused corridor site between two historical buildings in downtown New Orleans that was originally built and used as a public walkway.  The installation for DesCours plays off of this historical reference and projects the idea of conceptually connecting spaces, both real and imaginary, through newly created shafts made to invite the visitors to imagine what this walkway could have been or perhaps what it was originally meant to be.  The installation also creates a new environment made out of light that triggers the pedestrians and passers-by to recognize this space and to imagine it with a new potential.

Travis Bost – DesCours 2011 – HYDROFIELD

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

This installation is an effort to make visual, and to comment on, the interconnected field of hydrology and humanity that is the Mississippi Valley.  It presents otherwise hidden dynamic systems through real hydrological data, collected in the field by the US Army Corps of Engineers, in an altered temporal and spatial condition that makes palpable the movement of water between the cities across the United States as well as the influence of human development in the system.

Noa Younse + Steven Tsai + Carson Smuts (SPACESHIP) – DesCours 2011 – inBloom

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

This presentation consists of a floating field of blossoms that are interactively linked to various hot spots around the site that are engaged by the audience participants.  Overall, the project aims to create a dynamic relationship between the exhibit and the onlooker.  With all the technology available today, we hope that we can facilitate a stronger link between our consciousness and the environment we impact.

Hiroyuki Futai + EP3 – DesCours 2009 – Photon Garden

This installation, presented for the 2009 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

Photon Garden is contained within a standard size shipping container, creating an urban garden of 3.24 square meters.  The garden is composed of sixteen hundred light emitting diodes (LED) which float above the four hundred translucent tubes planted on the ground.  As people inhabit the container, the garden responds with the luminous patterns of various movements across the space.  The inner walls are mirrors that reflect the photons infinitely, a simple optical effect that gives the closed space various scale images which represent the contrast in scale between our daily surroundings and the infinite universe.

Jennifer Harmon (cyanitecture) + Spencer Kroll + Benjamin Thomas – DesCours 2011 – Starfield

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

We see the night sky as a flat plane punctuated by intense pinpoints of starlight, mostly unaware of the vast distances that light has traveled to reach our own planet.  Starfield recreates the constellation Draco and presents us with a new view of our night sky, providing a three-dimensional lacework from the stars that cast their light upon us.

Christophe Gauspohl + Mario Schambon + Leviathan – DesCours 2011 – Orogenous Zones

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

This installation is an interactive social experiment that explores the ideas of man’s dominance over nature, which paradoxically proves nature as eminent power.  It addresses ideas of fractal geometry and its analogies to the formation of natural phenomena, such as mountain erosion, coral growth and cloud formations.  Constructed in a historic bank interior, this piece is both spatially immersive and interactive via the use of sensor-driven audio.

Igor Siddiqui (ISSSStudio) + Matt Hutchinson (PATH) – DesCours 2011 – Bayou-luminescence

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

Bayou-luminescence is an architectural installation that fuses material surface, structural volume and lighting effects into an immersive spatial experience.  Its title is a play-on-words that refers to bioluminescence, a phenomenon whereby living organisms produce and emit light.  Like a strange creature in the night, the installation glows from within, casting intricate shadows far beyond its envelope, while luring visitors to enter its tactile interior.

Drew Shawver + Jonathan Marcantel + Allison Bohl – DesCours 2011 – Wetlands Immersion

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

This project is designed to bring occupants into direct contact with properties and processes of the Louisiana wetlands, both familiar and unseen.  It is a spatial and multi-sensory manifestation of this viscous environment, heightening occupant awareness of the hydrological landscape we inhabit at drastically varying scales.

Casey Hughes + Hiroshi Jacobs – DesCours 2011 – Vector Knot

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

Vector Knot is the second iterationn in a series of studies on the relationship between dimensionality and flatness, exposing the unique qualities of 1D, 2D, and 3D.   The installation utilizes the individual and combined potential of each dimension, exploring how lines can suggest surfaces, and how surfaces in turn can suggest volume and enclosure.

2011 DesCours Event Images

Every year during DesCours numerous musicians, bands and DJs were selected to add an additional cultural and interactive element to specific installations.  This image gallery represents several of these events, including a Second Line Parade on closing night, held during DesCours 2011.

Musicians during DesCours 2011 included DJ Boi Toi, DJ Honey B, DJ Brice Nice, DJ Joey Buttons, the St. Joe Lofts Performance Extravaganza and DJ Quintron.

Scott Berger + Rebecca Miller + Kevin Muni (MaMBo) – DesCours 2011 – Rendezvous

This installation, presented for the 2011 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

Rendezvous is an interactive installation which explores the relationships between spatial planes – ceilings twist into wall, seating, then floor – blending the space into a singular three-dimensional experience.  The translucent canopy is made of an aggregate of components, joined together by an overlapping of materials, similar to a formation of migrating birds.