ARCH510 & DSGN410 / Fall 2016
As part of Bemis Center’s international Artist-in-Residence Program, the Sound Art + Experimental Music Residency is a specialized track offering three-month residencies to artists pushing the boundaries of sound, composition, voice and music of all genres. Open to national and international artists, participants receive the same level of financial, technical and administrative support as their fellow artists-in-residence at the Bemis, along with dedicated facilities for rehearsing, recording and performing new works that expand the field of sound art and music. The project is supported in part by a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
FACT students collaborated with prominent local musicians, artists, designers, tradespeople and Bemis staff to design the unique venue and its support facilities. The spatial program includes a performance venue, a pre-event bar, a merchandise store, a green room for artists, a recording studio with live and dead rooms and storage. Exploring the boundaries of conventional architectural taste and expectations of design precision, the bold interior environment aims both for longevity and the unexpected.