Michael Webb
writes on modern architecture, design, and travel. He is the author of 26 books, most recently Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection (Rizzoli) and Venice CA: Art +Architecture in a Maverick Community (Abrams). He travels widely in search of new and classic modern architecture and contributes to magazines around the world. Michael lives in the Neutra apartment that Charles and Ray Eames once called home.

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“Out of Memory” is a womb-like cave of wonders that occupies the SCI-Arc gallery though March 13. Conceived by Patrick Tighe, it’s a radical departure from the sharp angles that characterize his built work, most recently the Sierra Bonita apartments in West Hollywood. Inspired by memories of his late father, he collaborated with composer Ken Ueno to create a parabolic structure of foam that is sculpted from within by six-axis robotic milling. A spectogram of the musical composition, derived from ambient sounds at SCI-Arc, served as a source for the mapping of the three-dimensional inner surface. It offers a sensory experience, in which a subdued roar emerges from openings in the soft white foam, and embedded LEDs create a constellation of blurry light. One enters down a narrow passage and is confronted by a glowing red orifice inset with a mirror at the far end. Tighe has captured sensations that float through the unconscious, surfacing in our dreams, and has turned them into a haptic environment. The drawings hung alongside the structure are works of art in themselves. This is the latest in an eight-year series of installations, chronicled in the recent book SCI-Arc Gallery 2002-2010, and one of the best. As a feat of imagination, design, and construction, Out of Memory is a must-see for everyone in search of a trip through inner space. 


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