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Experiments is zero gravity
Original Brown University Sciences Library carrel, ratchet strap and cable tie.
2011.
While on residency at Brown University in early 2011, I discovered an article in the November 1969 edition of Progressive Architecture, which presents the results of some research into space-station design. The project was a collaboration between the astronautical engineers at Grumman Aerospace and architects Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde, who were designing Brown University's Sciences Library (SciLi) around the same time.

While wandering through the Sciences Library building, I came across an interesting piece of furniture. Images in the university's archives revealed it to be one of the carrels which were initially used to furnish the building. We transported the carrel to the exhibition space and hung it from a long ratchet strap so that it dangled a couple of millimetres above the atrium floor.

Commissioned by The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Produced while in residence at the Perry and Marty Granoff Centre for the Arts, Brown University. The residency was supported by Culture Ireland as part of Imagine Ireland, a Year of Irish Arts in America 2011.

Curated by Ian Russell.