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Numen/For Use at Venice Architecture Biennale
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Design collective Numen/For Use present a cube that appears to contain an infinite universe, as component of the Time Space Existence exhibition at the biennale.
Numen/For Use – whose previous installations have included carpet-lined cocoons and webs of adhesive tape – teamed up with lighting specialists Balestra Berlin to produce the N-Light Membrane as an exploration of the “curvature of time-space”.

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3 of the cube’;s 6 surfaces are created from semi-transparent mirrors, although the other 3 are produced from reflective foil membranes. Behind these, the team installed an air tank.

By inflating or deflating this tank, the versatile membrane surfaces can be made convex or concave. This causes the reflections to gradually change, shifting the boundaries of the contained space and its infinite reflections.

“Membrane cube, constructed of see-by way of mirrors and foil-membrane mirrors, begins its deformation in a cartesian, endless 3-dimensional grid,” explained designers Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljković.

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The edges of the cubes are marked by narrow lighting tubes, so as visitors peer inside the cube they are faced with a limitless grid of light that gradually expands and contracts.

“In 1 of the extreme deformations of the inner cube, this grid is bent and compressed in concave voids. In the other, right after passing via ‘normal’; stage, we are confronted with total destruction of space. Inside a handful of seconds, all our sensory knowledge of space, our steady firm ground is taken away from us,” stated the designers.

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“Soon after the 1st shock, the fall turns into thrill,” they added. “The crystal clear reflections of glass see-by means of mirrors and rough appearance of screw-driven mechanism of the under exclude any possibility of digital illusion, physically assuring us that the deformation and the disintegration is for true.”
N-Light Membrane was first presented in 2011 at the Rizzordi Art Foundation in St Petersburg. It is on show at Palazzo Bembo in Venice as part of the Time Space Existence exhibition.

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