Web Model Dot Space is a suspended, bell-like dome that graphically represents the interior of an existing Detroit church as a floating, immersive, performative venue. Viewers become active participants as they enter the overhanging structure and become enveloped by its phenomenal nature.
The environment incorporates looping tracks composed by musical luminary Waajeed. Entitled “Worship Tones,” the music is derived from legacies and experiences within the Black Church and therefore both draws upon and inspires certain religious themes. The mash-up of musical scores within represented, existing architectures is meant to stoke a deeper and more critical engagement of both elements.
Web Model Dot Space becomes an entry point, or portal, to critical dialogue around how existing spaces can facilitate visionary use. Our everyday built environment is filled with static, ancient architectures and institutions that symbolize a kind of permanence. Jones’ architectures are forward-thinking in how they reimagine these familiar spaces in unfamiliar, sensory ways. The viewer steps inside this shift in place; an experience that prompts consideration of how inclusive these sites have historically been in terms of diversity of people, methodologies, and thinking.
This exhibition is part of the BMoCA + AIA CO program.
About the Artists
Aaron Jones is a registered architect working in Detroit, MI.
Jones runs an experimental architecture studio concerned primarily with the research and development of media structures. This work often results in pop-up theaters, performance art installations, and entertainment portals that are produced in collaboration with leading creative professionals and organizations around the world. The studio looks at the opportunities between content and infrastructure, especially as they reveal and expand audience types. Currently, Jones is an assistant professor of architecture in Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design.
Waajeed is a Detroit-born music producer, DJ, visual artist, and photographer.
Waajeed is the founder of DIRT TECH RECK, an independent record label that he established in 2012. Additionally, Waajeed is the director of The Underground Music Academy, a Detroit-based hub that aims to build the future leaders of independent music.
Wesley Taylor is a printmaker, graphic designer, musician, animator, educator, mentor, and curator.
Taylor roots his practice in performance and social justice. His individual practice is inextricably linked to his collective practices, consisting of a constellation of collectives he has helped form for over 20 years. This includes Complex Movements, Talking Dolls Detroit, Design Justice Network, and Big Models. Taylor is currently an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Graphic Design and the Art Foundation Program.
About BMoCA + AIA CO
BMoCA’s four-year partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado seeks to foster, promote, and inspire dialogue about what innovative design can accomplish for innovative cities. It is our goal to explore the powerful intersection between art, architecture, and our community.
Thank you to our generous sponsors of BMoCA + AIA CO and this Present Box exhibition:
American Institute of Architects Colorado, The Markowitz Family, Anthem Structural Engineers, milehimodern, Veselbrand Studios, Studio B, Modern In Denver, and Hotel Boulderado
This project has been developed through the New Museum’s project incubator program, NEW INC.
- 7/15 Virtual Studio Tour
- 7/15 Opening Reception
- 7/15 Creator Conversation with Aaron Jones and Wesley Taylor