Above is the installation by Nicholas Bruscia & Patricia Schraven for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Marshall McLuhan suggested that we cannot visualize while telephoning, as the act demands complete participation of our senses and faculties. This installation is an attempt to bring the other senses into play in a new relation by creating real time physical visualizations derived from speaking into a telephone.
Nicholas Bruscia is a recent graduate from the collaborative dual Masters Degree program between Architecture (Situated Technologies Research Group) and Media Robotics at SUNY Buffalo. His most recent work has been focused on the design for a reflexive architecture machine consisting of a system of heat sensitive soft molds that alter their shape as the poured materialâ€™s temperature increases, thus changing the morphology of the casted piece.
Patricia Schraven is an independent artist and designer. Her practice focuses on the conflicting ideas of craft vs. mass production, practical vs. speculative, and analog vs. digital. Her recent work deals with function and interactivity, and fosters a participatory, give and take relationship between the object and the user. Patricia is a graduate of Sheridan Collegeâ€™s Furniture Design program, and she also holds a BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.