The refraction machine or an apparatus for bending light
The hotel is a public stage, a tableau vivant, a diorama of highly particular worlds at equally particular moments.
Like a protracted set of binoculars â€˜the refraction machineâ€™ seeks to illustrate this curious staging by providing a mechanism to calibrate the vectored relationship between seeing and being seen. An attempt is made to engage the voyeuristic delight of simply looking, while simultaneously attenuating oneâ€™s awareness of just how far the act of performance extends.
Matt Peddie and Wes Wilson are two emerging Canadian designers with international experience in architecture, digital design, fabrication, criticism, research and teaching. They share a strong desire to interrogate fundamental, and at times fragile, contextual relationships through material responses.