Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
TransReflex in Magdeburg, Germany by realities:united
April 12th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: realities:united
The artists group realities:united is creating the art installation TransReflex at the art museum in the Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen in Magdeburg.
After the façade installation was unveiled on Sunday, 19 Feb. 2012 in the framework of the ceremony reopening the museum, the artists will present the project at 7 p.m. on 22 Feb. 2012 in the framework of a discussion with the artists in Magdeburg’s art museum.
TransReflex is the title of the installation realized on the façade of the art museum Kloster Unserer Lieben Frauen in Magdeburg. TransReflex consists of 17 large-format mirror panels that can be opened up out of the plane of the façade at different angles or else shut to close the façade. The reflecting panels integrate and reproduce the surrounding urban architecture, creating visual activity and vibrancy.
The installation consists of seventeen movable panels, each 150 cm wide and 300 cm tall and mirrored on both sides. The panels are installed in front of the eleven large windows on the museum’s northern façade and the six windows on its eastern façade. The components move without uniformity, because the hinges are attached to different sides of the windows. Some windows open to the left, others to the right or up or down.
With the panels aligned at different angles and in different directions, the installation reflects different fragments of the surroundings. The resulting collage of mirror images mixes two opposite realities: the former cloister construction, which is Magdeburg’s oldest extant building; and the postwar modernist buildings erected with little urban-planning context as if in the front yard of the cloister ensemble.
The dissolution and recombination of the relations between the views works in both directions: for a gaze from the outside onto the building, and for the gaze from the inside looking out. When closed, the panels together form one surface with the façade, and thus a homogeneous level of reflection.
The work was supported by the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt (www.kunststiftung-sachsen-anhalt.de), the Kloster Bergesche Stiftung (www.kloster-berge.de) and the Freunde und Förderer des Kunstmuseums Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg e.V.
realities:united – Jan Edler & Tim Edler
The brothers Tim and Jan Edler founded realities:united in 2000. Since then, the Berlin based studio has been busy with projects and ideas between architecture, art, and communication.
Some of the studio’s projects resemble classical architectural work, but they also venture regularly into art, design, and technology research. Most projects are intended to serve as a catalyst in a given situation and are therefore strongly determined by identifying, transforming, amplifying, and combining various existing potentials.
The brothers’ special interest in the synchronization of material and electronic “realities” also led to a series of experimental media architecture projects that made the studio internationally known.
A great number of projects are developed in a close and demanding form of collaboration with other architectural firms or institutions. This led to a series of projects with multiple authorship.