NJIT Assistant Professor Brooks Atwood, a principal in POD Design + Media, will have his work featured later this month in The Showtime House airing Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 1, 2011. Specific days and times are shown below.
Featured will be notable up-and-coming designers and architects, like Atwood, who were selected to build a home environment inspired by a Showtime show. Atwood illustrated United States of Tara with a room constructed of wavy plywood panels assembled to look like the imagined interior of Tara’s subconscious. Daniel Perlin of Perlin Studios & Jungle Design collaborated on the project with Atwood.
"The space was inspired by the dissociative identity disorder and schizophrenia of the main character in the show,” said Atwood. “It is intended as a loft and roof for the character, an audible, transformative space -- one that complements and encourages a re-examination of stable positionality of the viewer and the viewed.”
Atwood said that to create a space for the multiple identities of a single person he aimed to create the character’s subconscious. The architecture is intended to be a cavernous space of audible delusions, intended to disorient and destabilize traditional positions of power and perception.
He used raw plywood to reflect everyday objects; something familiar and common. The sculptural formation of the material removes it from its traditional context and gives a sense of an uncomfortable cocoon, a difficult womb, a troubled mind.
The pattern was created with the 8-inch rhythm of the plywood ribs in front of a solid institutional blue plane. “I wanted people to feel a claustrophobic comfort,” he said. “It is complemented by reverse surveillance. That is, gazing at yourself or selves.”
With help from NJIT students and NJIT’s Fab Lab, Atwood completed this vision last summer. Showtime producers interviewed Atwood at NJIT during construction and the results of that interview can be viewed at the Showtime House website www.showtimehouse.com. For more information visit http://brooksatwood.com/ and see the December issue of Wired magazine. The Showtime House half hour special airs on Showtime 12/26/10 SHO2 8:35 p.m.; 12/27/10 SHO3 8:30 p.m.; 12/30/10 SHO2 11:15 p.m.; 12/30/10 SHO3 11 p.m.; 1/1/11 SHO3 4:35 p.m.; 1/2/11 SHO2 12:00 p.m.; 1/6/11 SHO2 8 p.m.
“Design like you mean it” is the mantra of Atwood and his team at POD Design + Media. This multidisciplinary design laboratory, based in New York City, uses a think-tank approach to bring the most creative ideas to the surface whether they’re designing products or a skyscraper. Atwood has received awards including the AIA Scholarship Award for Excellence and the AIA of Merit Award for his study of architecture. His work is on permanent display at the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea. He received a bachelor of architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and a master of science of advanced architectural design from Columbia University.
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