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Staged Screen: Abigail Chang

The Museum for Architecture is a collection of spaces that have been flattened, shrunken and de-contextualized as artifacts. They are props that choreograph the mise en scène on an urban stage. Similarly scaled to its adjacent neighbors, a glazed surface extends beyond the building. As the proscenium, it pronounces the interior as the backdrop and visitors slip behind to enter within. A black box levitates inside the envelope as the seemingly endless, and edgeless, nebulous backstage. In daylight, the building’s bright interior reflects and obscures the scenography of Copley Square. The black box absorbs and performs as a pristine mirror. At night, artificial illumination reveals depth, transforming the building from superficial to volumetric.


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The museum meditates on the contemporary window as an architectural device to display. These windows become mechanisms that offer deeper immersion into work largely known through a digital screen. Exhibition spaces expand on this interface between viewer and subject, while extracting qualities from surrounding buildings: extroversion, introversion, projection and subtraction. Large scale work nests within the black box, reading as a dead pixel on the building’s gridded facade. Models rest within niches produced by thickened thresholds. Accompanying drawings and imagery are placed along punctured walls, thin plates that reduce depth and enact spatial flattening. The urban context is largely exposed at the roof terrace where visitors may occupy, and touch the screen itself.


Shown right: MINIATURE MODEL EXHIBITION
VARYING WALL DEPTHS PERCEIVED AS DEEP AND SHALLOW SPACE

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ARCHIVE, PARKING BELOW GROUNDSITE

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FULL SCALE WORK, AUDITORIUM, STORAGE BELOW SEATING

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LONGITUDINAL SECTION
BLACK BOX AS BACKSTAGE TO COPLEY SQUARE

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SITE ISOMETRIC
BLACK BOX PERFORMS AS PRISTINE MIRROR IN DAYLIGHT

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BUILDING ISOMETRIC
INTERIOR REVEALED AT NIGHT, TRANSFORMS FROM SUPERFICIAL TO VOLUMETRIC

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FULL SCALE WORK DISPLAYS REFERENCE TRINITY CHURCH
EXTROVERTED URBAN ARTIFACT, NESTED WINDOWS

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MINIATURE MODEL DISPLAYS LOOK TO BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
INTROVERTED INTERIOR, NICHE WINDOWS

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LONGITUDINAL SECTION
DIGITAL AND ANALOG WINDOWS AND SCREENS

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FULL SCALE WORKSITE

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FULL SCALE WORK, MINIATURE MODELS

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