reveal a completely new side of the installation. Set in the light-filled
space of The Temple House, New Spring takes on the whimsical
feeling of Miami itself: something uniquely playful that evokes the
glamour of the Art Deco city by the sea."
— Studio Swine
Studio Swine (Super Wide Inter-disciplinary New Explorers) is a collaboration between Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves. Exploring themes of regional identity and the future of resources in the context of globalisation, their work has gained an international audience having been exhibited at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Venice Biennale.
Alongside the installation, Studio Swine have designed a temporary store on the mezzanine level of The Temple House. With a sculptural rail system inspired by New Spring, the store features a hand-chosen edit of womenswear and menswear pieces.
6 – 10 December 2017
The Temple House
1415 Euclid Avenue
Friday and Saturday 11am–7pm
Have you ever stopped to watch a soap bubble float through the air? For a few fleeting moments you see a rainbow on the surface, glinting spots of light and merged reflections. Then, all of a sudden, the bubble pops out of existence.
In the physical world, air pressure on Earth is exactly balanced so that a soap bubble can exist for a short amount of time before succumbing to gravity and the lack of moisture in its surroundings. The swirling colours that remind us of the bands of Jupiter are actually created by the interplay of light on the soap bubble film at varying thicknesses.
At Design Miami/, Studio Swine’s New Spring follows this historic tradition in a contemporary exploration of the bubble. Providing a unique alternative to our usual experience of bubbles, visitors will be able to handle falling mist-filled bubbles with the help of gloves. Metaphors of transience continue throughout the design; the bubbling tree is inspired by the Japanese cherry, celebrated for its ephemeral blossom. Suspended against a stark white void, New Spring’s planet-like orbs create an other-worldly experience. As the bubbles pop, tiny galaxies of mist emerge.
For centuries, artists have compared the existence of life to the everyday phenomena of the bubble. Now, with advanced space telescopes and pioneering ideas from cosmologists and philosophers, we can draw more even comparisons. In helping us to understand our existence, both perspectives teach us to value life, using our precious time to create as many unique and joyful experiences as possible.
Text by Melanie King
Melanie King is a London-based artist and curator with a specific focus on science and astronomy: her most recent thesis explored the use of bubbles as a metaphor in art, philosophy and the natural sciences. Currently studying for a practice based PhD in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, Melanie is also co-Director of creative agency super/collider, Lumen Studios and the London Alternative Photography Collective.
Images by HART+LËSHKINA