Hoang and Rotem: Exhale Pavilion

The "breezy" and formlessness project created by Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio is a public venue for the annual Art Basel Miami Beach contemporary art fair

Wind is inherently without form. The Exhale pavilion harnesses this essential formlessness to create a dynamic interactive environment for public art. The pavilion for the Art Basel Miami Beach and Creative Time Oceanfront project by Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio has been completed and will create a public art venue for the annual Art Basel Miami Beach contemporary art fair. The evening programs during the four nights of the art fair will include video and performance artists as well as D.J. dance programs.
The twenty-five thousand square foot beach site in Miami Beach has been temporarily transformed by seven miles of hanging ropes swaying in the wind. The form of the pavilion literally shifts with the weather, producing an open, flexible and dynamic environment. The Exhale pavilion eschews static divisions of space, instead promoting constant activity in informal public spaces that change their use and interactivity as the evening winds change.
The Exhale pavilion uses two types of rope to create diverse interactive environments. Some ropes are reflective while others are phosphorescent; together they produce a canopy that shimmers and glows in the night. When the wind reaches a particular speed, it will momentarily activate a computerized lighting sequence. An interactive installation of "floating ropes" is activated by other wind-speed sensor. These wind speed sensors mounted at human height respond directly to users' behavior. When someone blows on a sensor, it momentarily "charges" the nearby glowing ropes. Additionally, a hammock clearing provides a space for the public to lounge and swing beneath the swaying rope canopy. The interactive wind speed sensors and the hammocks give form to the site's wind effects while creating new forms of public interaction with the environment.

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