perceptual shifts

this advanced interdisciplinary studio focused on examining the nature of surfaces and installation through the design and fabrication of individual student projects, sited at locations within California College of the Arts San Francisco campus that utilized various techniques experimented within the studio. by utilizing collage, montage, modeling, photography, rendering, drawing and scripting, in both the analog and digital domains, the studio explored the interstices and spaces between installation, art, and architecture.


brooke francesi, a free and anonymous happening, fall 2014, cca back lot

this installation explores private, mundane moments — a human body study — within the context of a semi-public space. the layout of the space lures the viewers into the literal fabric of the projections, forcing them to become participants in the piece. viewers not only become participants but are also forced to become part of a sort of secondary body study by navigating the small space. 

Viewers enter the space through a set of double doors at the front of the shipping container. they are confronted with a series of projections and sound, compelling them back into the space, weaving their way through multiple layers of soft semi-transparent screens.


jojit diaz, the organic veil, fall 2014, the nave 

creating a pure and full manifestation of an object can create a dialogue between our imagination and interpretation which challenges our minds to interact with the object.

the transparent white veil allows you to play with a pure state. with its dynamic form, it moves you emotionally and creates a vital affection to your body.

the projection through the transparent veil will inspire the language of the form and communicates to a collective memory, allowing viewers to experience the work directly and in their own personal way.


i want to believe, mark nicholson, fall 2014, spray-booth


log pavilion, victor fruergaard, fall 2014

this project looks to investigate the natural through the negative imprint of a material specifically the tree trunk and the markings that remain in its cast.

the negative imprint of the log in the casting has now formed to become a brick and will be used as a building module that through its repetitions can create a space, a pavilion. the pavilion is to be located in a redwood forest, a site very much defined by what the building is made up of, the castings of logs.

the pavilion aims to work as a space defined by its environment and one that represents it through the construction methodology, the wood species located at the site, casting its markings throughout the building.

foremost the building aims to work as a perceptual experience in which the human body can measure its size in relationship to nature, more specifically its relationship to the tree, one of the fundamental building blocks of building itself. The building freezes a specific moment of growth and therefore also represents nature in a very unnatural way - a static natural habitat.


perceptual shifts, california college of the arts, fall 2014, advanced interdisciplinary studio, b.arch students, mfa film and mfa design students

this advanced interdisciplinary studio will examine the nature of surfaces, color, light, motion and space. by utilizing different techniques such as collage, modeling, drawing, photography, rendering, scripting, printmaking and graphic design, in both the analog and digital domain, the studio will explore the interstices between installation, art, and architecture and how ultimately the transformation of space can and does become a political action. by examining a variety of themes each student will be required to develop their own studio project focused on a certain aspect of surface, color, light, and space and then further explore these ideas through a series of material artifacts culminating in their own installation.


perceptual shifts, california college of the arts, fall 2012, advanced interdisciplinary studio, b.arch & interiors students

“like the act of drawing, the act of ornamentation is heavily procedural: a series of repetitive operations which work the surface over and over again.” ben pell, the articulate surface 

this advanced interdisciplinary studio focused on examining the nature of surfaces and installation through the design and fabrication of individual student projects, sited at locations within California College of the Arts San Francisco campus that utilized various techniques experimented within the studio. by utilizing collage, montage, modeling, photography, rendering, drawing and scripting, in both the analog and digital domains, the studio explored the interstices and spaces between installation, art, and architecture.

through a process of accumulated artifacts, experimental objects, and misanthropic materials each student composed a final orchestrated work that was mounted, installed and displayed at California College of the Arts main San Francisco campus. a series of material investigations was also produced that aided them in the construction and display of their final project.