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INsite transforms an icon of modern architecture, Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, into a canvas of light and sound.
INsite transforms an icon of modern architecture, Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, into a canvas of light and sound.
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Luftwerk has delighted and illuminated viewers with a history of completing major commissions on landmark architecture. In 2011 we illuminated one of America's most extraordinary buildings: Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Now, with your help, we have an incredible opportunity to continue this dialogue with another building of exceptional prominence - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House.

This new project, INsite, will invite the public to experience a public art intervention on the Farnsworth House from sunset into evening. Drawing from insights into the ways that digital projections interact with architecture, INsite will immerse the building in a composition of light and sound.

With your help Luftwerk will be able to bring INsite to the Farnsworth House in Fall 2014.

Based on a test in the fall of 2012 we feel destined to make INsite a public experience. During the test we witnessed how exterior projections along the structure's surface, gave the effect of planes floating in darkness.

INsite Study No. 1, 2012 (Limited Edition Photograph available to backers. See pledge list.)
INsite Study No. 1, 2012 (Limited Edition Photograph available to backers. See pledge list.)

Upon entering the house, we discovered another experience: a space mirrored upon itself. As the projected light travelled through the glass walls, a myriad of reflections appeared, seemingly expanding the interior.

INsite Study No. 2, 2012 (Limited Edition Photograph available to backers. See pledge list.)
INsite Study No. 2, 2012 (Limited Edition Photograph available to backers. See pledge list.)

Illuminating the Farnsworth House in such a way brings a heightened awareness of the house's innate characteristics. It dissolves the structure and distills it into a pure experience of light and space. It becomes an architecture of light.

INsite Study No. 3, 2012 (Limited Edition Photograph available to backers. See pledge list.)
INsite Study No. 3, 2012 (Limited Edition Photograph available to backers. See pledge list.)

Your help will support project development and equipment needs, as well as the installation and operation of the exhibit.

INsite requires ten video projectors in weatherproof enclosures, loud speakers and a computer. All the images and the musical composition you will see and hear in this exhibit are original and site-specific.

We, Luftwerk, are collaborating with Liviu Pasare, video designer and programmer, and Owen Clayton Condon, percussionist and composer. Previous projects include Celebrating 75 Years of Art in Nature - Fallingwater and Luminous Field.

Thank you for taking the time to review INsite. We greatly appreciate your support!

Petra and Sean

INsite Study No. 4, 2012 (Limited Edition Photograph available to backers. See pledge list.)
INsite Study No. 4, 2012 (Limited Edition Photograph available to backers. See pledge list.)

Testimonials: 

"INsite highlights the house's characteristic clean lines through site-specific digital video projections and original music compositions, thus rendering it into a new structure of light, sound, and space. In addition to recent preservation efforts to protect the Farnsworth from more floodwater damage in the future, INsite could help revive public interest in an eye-catching way that is suitable for these tech-friendly times." ARCHINECT

" ... wouldn't it be refreshing to get acquainted with the lighter side of an iconic piece of modernism?" CURBED

"One of the US's architectural jewels could be set for a dramatic transformation thanks to into a light and video installation if one design studio has its way." AFPrelaxnews

"INsite lets us peer into the heart of a modernist icon and see it as though for the first time. INsite unfolds the house, turning it inside out with light, constructing a powerful and playful comprehension of the Farnsworth's industrial ethereality and rootedness along the Fox River." Kate Joyce, Photographer 

"Petra and Sean take an idea and transform it into something far greater, something extraordinary. I have seen the impact on visitors; I have seen it on friends and I know what it does to visitation and awareness of our historic house museums." Brian Reis, Director of the Ellwood House

INsite Study No. 1-4
INsite Study No. 1-4
INsite Study No. 1 Kate Joyce
INsite Study No. 1 Kate Joyce

Risks and challenges

Unpredictable weather conditions, especially flooding, can effect the timeline and execution of the project.

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FAQ

  • During our test in fall 2012 we used three video projectors to illuminate the south facade of the Farnsworth House. The INsite Study photographs by Kate Joyce were captured during the test and are a documentation of the work in progress. They are actual photographs without digital manipulation.

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  • The projected Opening Night is October 16th, 2014. If our campaign is successful the exhibit will be open for at least two weekends, starting at sunset. Our audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the site while video projections slowly transform the house. Ideally included in the ticket will be snacks and refreshments as well as transportation from downtown Chicago to and from the site. We also consider to build additional programming in the form of concerts and special guests in collaboration with the Farnsworth House staff.

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    Thank you! You'll be signed up for EXCLUSIVE INsite UPDATES from Luftwerk!

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    INsider REWARD (INsite digital wallpaper + digital download of Owen Clayton Condon’s composition for the Farnsworth House + You'll be signed up for EXCLUSIVE INsite UPDATES)

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    Receive an exclusive Farnsworth House keychain + INsider REWARD

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    Origami POP-UP card of the Farnsworth House with a personalized THANK YOU note from the artists + INsider REWARD

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    Jigsaw puzzle of the Farnsworth House (only available at the Farnsworth House Visitor Center) + POP-UP card with a personalized THANK YOU note + INsider REWARD

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    Public Tour Ticket to the Farnsworth House + POP-UP card with a personalized THANK YOU note + INsider REWARD

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    Edith Farnsworth House Book with photographs by Mel Theobald (only available at the Farnsworth House) + INsider REWARD

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    INsite Admission Ticket + POP-UP card with a personalized THANK YOU note + INsider REWARD

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    MAPPING the Farnsworth WORKSHOP with Liviu Pasare. A three hour introduction to video mapping at Luftwerk Studio + INsider REWARD

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    INsite PREVIEW – Experience the making of the work with exclusive access to the Farnsworth House on the evening before the opening + INsider REWARD

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    Receive Beautiful LIMITED EDITION PHOTOGRAPH
    "INsite Study No. 1, 2012" -- Image by Chicago based artist and architectural photographer, Kate Joyce. Each archival inkjet print is 8"x12" on 11"x14" rag paper, unframed, in an edition of 20. Prints are signed and dated as an edition by Luftwerk and Kate Joyce on back. + INsider REWARD

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    INsite VIP Reception + POP-UP card with a personalized THANK YOU note + INsider REWARD

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    Your name included in the project CREDITS + INsite VIP Reception + INsite LIMITED EDITION PHOTOGRAPH + POP-UP card with a personalized THANK YOU note + INsider REWARD

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    ILLUMINATE - Luftwerk (plus two projectors) comes for one evening to your home (travel fees not included) + Your name in the project CREDITS + POP-UP card with a personalized THANK YOU note + INsider REWARD

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    PRIVATE TOUR of the Farnsworth House + MIES by Detlef Mertins + INsite VIP Reception + Your name included in the project CREDITS + INsite LIMITED EDITION PHOTOGRAPH + POP-UP card with a personalized THANK YOU note + INsider REWARD

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