U.S. and U.K. Proposals Selected for 2013 Beam Projects
Campers to build projects exploring sound and movement and the intersection of digital imagery and physical sculpture
BROOKLYN, New York (3/17/13) – Beam Camp, the New Hampshire summer camp for design, building, the arts, and technology, announced today the winners of its 2013 Beam Project search. Each summer Beam Camp commissions large-scale collaborative projects to be realized by Beam campers, aged 7-17, and staff at the camp’s 106-acre facility in Strafford, New Hampshire.
Selected from among thirty eight submissions from architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, artists and big thinkers from fourteen countries, this year’s winning proposals are each ambitious, multi-layered building undertakings that reflect Beam’s core emphasis on cultivating creative thinking and applied collaborative effort.
Beam Project 2013.1 (Session 1 June 27-July 21) “Swingtones, ” is an interactive audible and visual installation designed by landscape architects Supermass Studio and Sage and Coombe Architects. Campers will construct a collection of distinctive wooden swings and metal chimes that will be installed throughout the forest. As the swings oscillate at various speeds and amplitudes, the hanging chimes respond proportionally in sound and motion—the farther the swing, the bigger and merrier the sound gets. As the campers simultaneously ride the swings, they will create and experience a symphony of floating forest bells.
Beam Project 2013.2 (Session 2 July 25-August 18) In “Cut, Paste, Build,” Giant Robots, a sculpture collective from London, will work with Beam campers and staff to physically render computer images of everyday objects as enormous structures in the forest. Campers will construct three digital/natural hybrids, using reclaimed materials and a methodology the Robots call “Autonomous Architecture.” The resulting structure, as described by Giants Robots, will be “an aesthetic array of alternative virtual worlds realised; they are imaginative possibilities, new conceptions of space and physicality; they embrace the future of both the imagined and possible world.”
Previous winners have included Caitlin Berrigan’s “Macro/Micro Domes,” Steve Gerberich & Nathaniel Lieb’s “Beam Fleet,” Jan Drojarski and Jon Bocksel’s “Jungletopia,” Christine Baumgartner and Manuel Kretzer’s “Float With The Flowers,” the solar-powered film “A Trip to the Sun” by Daniela Kostova and Mike DeSeve, James WIgnall & Bradley Moore’s “The Stories of Machines That Never Flew, ”“The Habitats of Parker Mountain” by pragmatopia and architecture students of the University of Kassel, “Creature Quake” by Rachel Kunreuther and Doug Stookey, and “Navigating Dreams” by Matthew Springett Associates.