David Rockwell, in collaboration with Reed Kroloff and Casey Jones, designed “Hall of Fragments,” a site-specific installation for the entrance to the exhibition “Out There: ArchitectureBeyondBuilding,” curated by Aaron Betsky. Implicit in the exhibition title is the suggestion that there are worlds in which order is established without the limitations by which architecture is normally constrained. Rockwell Group reacted to this theme by installing two giant convex screens onto which geometric distortions of film clips are projected. The exhibit transforms the relationship between people and their architectural environment so that the size, speed and number of the visitors will determine the visual architecture projected on the screens, resulting in a different and new architecture every time. Rockwell chose clips of films like 2001, The Fountainhead and The Wizard of Oz, which exhibit remarkable architectural visions, or alter our perception of known environments.
There were also multiple layers of sound in the exhibit. A soundtrack specially designed for the exhibit was amplified from speakers above the monitors throughout the whole space. There was also a series of reactive noises triggered when visitors move.
Behind each screen was a structural scaffold that housed the projection and interactive sensing equipment, as well as 40 monitors on each side that are playing continuous loops of clips of the films that are being projected. Visitors could go backstage at the front or back of the screens to see the mélange of clips that are the data content for the digital software that configure and de-configure the fragmented visual environment in the passageway.