AirXY: from immaterial to rematerial

Erik Adigard

A multimedia installation commissioned for the Corderie dell’Arsenale by the Venice Architecture Biennale. It combines real time animation, sensors, haze, light & sound, with screen and floor projections that engage visitors passing through. The main projection functions as a clock that marks time on an XY axis. Visitors appear on the screen hence triggering various interactions with twelve symbolic icons that continually drift on the screen surface. (w/Chris Salter - curator: Aaron Betsky)

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    Erik Adigard, France (2009)

    Erik Adigard is, with Patricia McShane, a partner in M-A-D, an interdisciplinary studio combining brand positioning, interaction design, visual communication, video, media installations and environmental design. M-A-D’s routinely works o...

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    A multimedia installation commissioned for the Corderie dell’Arsenale by the Venice Architecture Biennale. It combines real time animation, sensors, haze, light & sound, with screen and floor projections that engage visitors passing through. The main projection functions as a clock that marks time on an XY axis. Visitors appear on the screen hence triggering various interactions with twelve symbolic icons that continually drift on the screen surface. (w/Chris Salter - curator: Aaron Betsky)

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    Erik Adigard, France (2009)

      Erik Adigard is, with Patricia McShane, a partner in M-A-D, an interdisciplinary studio combining brand positioning, interaction design, visual communication, video, media installations and environmental design. M-A-D’s routinely works on the relationships between technology and socio-cultural concerns.

      Notable works are visual essays and websites for Wired, the short documentary Webdreamer exploring the decay of digital culture, the book Architecture Must Burn and the branding of IBM software. Recent projects include the Spontaneous Interventions exhibits, a 400m-tall animation for the ICC tower in Hong Kong, and the design of Expanded Field, an exploration of the convergence between architecture and art practices. Other commissions include installations for biennales in Paris, Lisbon, St Etienne and Venice.

      Adigard teaches communication design at the California College of the Arts. He works between M-A-D’s main office in the SF Bay Area and his studio in Montpellier, France.

      Education

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      • Undergraduate,  
      • Postgraduate

      2011 – today

      • California College of the Arts (USA)

      Adjunct professor of communication design, time-based media and image experimentation. Other academic projects include workshops in the US and Europe since 2000

      Agencies

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      • Wired Ventures

        1992 – 1998

      Awards

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      • 1999

      Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design
      • 2012

      Rome Prize in Design

      Other Professional Activities

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      • Academic reviews, advising and juries in US and Europe (graphic design and architecture programs)

        1996 – present

      • Advisory boards of Adobe Design Achievement Awards

        2006 – 2011