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Possible Mediums is a travelling exhibition showcasing design investigations based in speculative architectural mediums.
Possible Mediums is a travelling exhibition showcasing design investigations based in speculative architectural mediums.
219 backers pledged $18,541 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT IS POSSIBLE MEDIUMS?

The Possible Mediums project is a series of events showcasing design investigations based in speculative architectural mediums. Driven by a group of emerging designers and challenging the boundaries of architectural convention, this group of academic practitioners employs exploratory processes rooted in mediums external to the discipline (such as film or comics) or developed from atypical applications of more conventional mediums (such as drawings or models). Their collective work, both in design and discourse, demonstrates the profound potential of an expansion and diversification of architectural mediums as format, material, and means of projection.

The Possible Mediums project is the collective effort of Ellie AbronsAndrew Atwood & Anna NeimarkKelly Bair, Kristy BallietBrennan Buck & David FreelandAngela Co, Justin DilesAdam FureJason Kelly JohnsonAndrew Holder & Benjamin FreyingerMariana Ibañez & Simon KimThomas KelleyJimenez LaiMichael Loverich & Antonio TorresKyle Miller, and Michael Young.

WHAT HAS BEEN POSSIBLE?

Possible Mediums was initiated one year ago when four designers, teaching and working in the American Midwest, came together to promote novel design trends emerging at their schools and across the country. It was clear that the conventional mediums of architectural production were changing. Comics and toys were showing up alongside perspectives and models. Orthographic drawings were crafting optical tricks while digital drawings were exploding into vibrant vector fields. Machines were not only being used but built from scratch. From plaster casts of fat characters to geodesic kites, designers were actively expanding architecture’s mediums in order to captivate new audiences. To rally this fresh wave of speculative architecture, the original four teamed up with sixteen designers leading these trends… and the Possible Mediums project was born. The inaugural event revolutionized the academic conference, putting design out front in a series of dynamic workshops and panel discussions. Hugely successful in both format and content, the conference demonstrated the need for further dissemination.

WHAT IS POSSIBLE WITH YOUR DONATION?

The next phase of the Possible Mediums project has begun! It includes a traveling exhibition that will feature new pieces from each designer grouped into four categories: Active Models, Excessive Volumes, Figural Projections, and Tactile Objects. The exhibition will share this provocative work with a national audience and provide a backdrop for future events, workshops, and discussions. 

Risks and challenges

Possible Mediums began with the gracious support of our home institutions, but in order to take the show on the road we need support from all of you. The Graham Foundation is helping with a generous grant, but we have more costs to cover: exhibition design and construction, shipping support, marketing, and future events (panel discussions, workshops and design community outreach). The entire Possible Mediums crew is wholly committed to building architecture's audience by promoting design in its many forms and formats and we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure your support is utilized in the most responsible and efficient way possible.

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    Every little bit counts! $10 gets you an (Im)Possibly loud shout out on the Possible Mediums website and a lifetime membership in our "I owe you one" club.

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    What better way to show you we "like" you than to make you a mix tape. Each of our sixteen designers will select a track and your resident curators will mix their picks into a Possible Mediums playlist made available as a digital download. (We assure you they have good musical taste).

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    Are the walls of your home or office bare? How about a Possible Mediums poster to liven up your space? With your donation we will send you a custom designed poster created for the Possible Mediums traveling exhibition.

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    Possible Mediums has evolved over many conversations in all sorts of venues: from public auditoriums to bellying up at the bar. Possible Mediums wants to help you wet your whistle in style with custom designed, digitally fabricated coasters (four coasters per donation).

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    Is your summer 2014 wardrobe lacking? In addition to four custom designed coasters, Possible Mediums will send you a colorful custom designed t-shirt to don.

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    Here's a chance to bring some of the Possible Mediums exhibition home with you. With your donation we will send you a print from the exhibition, signed and numbered by the designer. The prints range from comics, to colorful vector fields, to drawings done by robots.

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    Here's another chance for a piece of the Possible Mediums show. With your donation we will send you an object from the exhibition, signed and numbered by the designer. The object might be a foam critter, a fat character, or a 3d-printed architectural construct.

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    For this kind of generosity, we'll send you all we got: an exhibition poster, a t-shirt, and let you select from a series of original prints and objects exhibited in the show, signed and numbered by the designer.

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