If you’re heading up North this weekend around San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly’s Architecture and Environmental Design students will be having their thesis show, entitled Cache. There will be lots of cool looks at the physical world through new technologies, which sounds great. The event is on May 11 and May 12. Get more information on it below!
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This year’s Jackson Studio exhibition, Cache, features numerous unique and provocative undergraduate architectural thesis projects whose diverse themes are united in their ambition to re-frame the physical world as a place of augmented experience. This augmentation—whether critical, playful, socially catalyzing, or individually empowering—is intended to demonstrate the untapped potential for architecture to produce physical operations on the public’s sense of reality that are commensurate with the highly participatory, interactive, creative, and authorial types of experiences that the public has already embraced in the other forms of media which have so far dominated the contemporary discourse on digital and network culture.
The format of the exhibition capitalizes on these themes of participation and augmentation, presenting each thesis project’s content as a series of informational layers ranging from the purely physical to the purely virtual, and accessible through both traditional as well as novel forms of viewing—including some content which is designed to be revealed on personal mobile devices through a readily available augmented reality application (Layar). This layering of informational content invites the audience to experience the content of the exhibition in a highly engaged and exploratory fashion, as active participants rather than passive viewers.
The exhibition will be open on May 11 and 12, 2012 in the Berg Gallery, located in the Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design in San Luis Obispo, CA. An opening reception will be held at 6pm on Friday May 11 in the gallery, featuring refreshments and a live DJ. In addition, this opening event will be
simulcast online at www.jackson-studio.com, where viewers will be able to both watch a live stream of the event as well as post comments that will be projected live in the gallery space throughout the duration of the event.