AMAZE is a collaborative installation by world-renowned design studio Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large and features a vocal-only sound score created exclusively by Sahra Motalebi. It’s a serpentine cycle of four discrete spaces which buzz with optical and auditory patterns and illusions.
At times lush, at others seemingly subdued, AMAZE bridges the otherworldly and the mundane, the drab and the hyper-chromatic. Each room of the labyrinthine installation stirs with life, woven with uncanny echoes, shifting perceptions, and hidden doorways that subtly scramble the coordinates of space and time. Throughout, RDC/AAL and Motalebi deploy graphic and sonic motifs which augment and intensify the overall space with a vibratory energy, creating a vivid experience of multisensory exploration.
Visitors are drawn into the maze by a devoid otherworldly space with an immersive shimmering cylinder at its center.
Low-pitched drone sounds billow through the metal veil, revealing a light source with unidentified qualities.
Standing within the curtain, one is shielded from the surroundings, visible from outside as only a mysterious silhouette.
Next, visitors are enveloped by a hall of mirrors and more absurd sonic landscape.
At once embracing selfie culture and calling it into question, one is invited by the familiar domesticity of sconces and daffodils to look at their reflection, only to be quickly unnerved by hysterical laughter.
The end of the hall opens into a dazzling black-and-white-patterned room, layered with shrieking overhead.
Visitors transition into a series of compact spaces, each with their own hue.
Saturated windows offer a glimpse at friends around the corner and spaces just traversed.
Abstract avant-garde muzak-inspired sounds whisper guests to the exit, while echoes from the maze overflow.
April 10th- June 10th
The Gallery at Cadillac House
330 Hudson Street