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Oyler Wu Debuts ‘Screenplay’ Installation at Dwell on Design 2012

Faculty members Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu, principals of Oyler Wu Collaborative, will unveil their newest architectural installation Screenplay at the LA Convention Center and celebrate with a special reception on June 22, at 7pm.

As the featured installation of Dwell on Design 2012—and the only one commissioned for the event—Screenplay (shown here) is conceived as a 'play' on one's visual perception. This twenty-one foot long screen wall is constructed of 45,000 thousand linear feet of rope strung through a series of lightweight steel frames. Its wall is designed with the intention of provoking a sense of curiosity by slowly revealing its form and complexity through physical and visual engagement with the work.

The wall is made from a repetitious steel framework with rope infill that varies over the length of the wall in three dimensions, forming a thickened undulating screen made up of dense linework. In its orthographic, or “straight on” view, the wall forms a meticulously organized series of patterns easily recognized by the viewer. As the viewer moves around the wall, its three-dimensional qualities reveal a more complex system of deep sectional cavities, twisting surfaces, and material densities. The experience is meant to build on the “on again/off again” system of pattern legibility, using optical effects as a means of provoking engagement in the work.

Throughout the past six weeks, Jenny Wu has been documenting the process of creating Screenplay, from design through fabrication, in a blog featured by Dwell Magazine. Click HERE to read her posts.

Oyler Wu Collaborative, often cited as one of the premier up and coming design offices, is known for their stunningly complex, yet remarkably resourceful, design work ranging from architectural installations to large scale buildings. The work of the office has been published globally and is recognized for its experimentation in design, matter research, and fabrication. Their recent projects include realize, and art installation based on the face of Muhammad Ali (designed in collaboration with artist Michael Kalish), Anemone, an architectural installation made with 30,000 rubber tubes in Taipei, Netscape, a temporary pavilion for SCI-Arc graduation constructed of 9 miles of knitted rope, and a 16-story residential tower in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu are members of the design faculty at SCI-Arc and received Master of Architecture degrees from Harvard University. They recently received the coveted 2012 Emerging Voices Award, which spotlights firms with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture.

Dwell on Design 2012 tickets and more information are available at (FREE student admission with verification.)