Transforming the Farnsworth House with Light, Sound + Digital Projection Technology

Posted on by Lauren Moss

Luftwerk, the artistic team who illuminated Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water in 2011 is preparing to transform another icon of American architecture with architectural mapping technology and site-specific audio and visual displays in an effort to re-imagine the historic space and create the experience of 'immersive art and design'.

INsite  study No. 3, 2012 / limited edition photograph

INsite study No. 3, 2012 / limited edition photograph

INsite, the proposed temporary installation at Mies van der Rohe's 1951 Farnsworth House, explores the minimalist, linear forms and translucent nature of the original design. 

INsite will transform Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, into a canvas for projected video and light that dynamically illuminates the structural minimalism and transparency of the house. This temporary intervention creates a new way of experiencing an icon of modern architecture and will not only engage Farnsworth House enthusiasts, but also attract new audiences. via

Led by Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, Luftwerk is seeking support via Kickstarter, with this being the final week to support the project.

View the tech rehearsal video below for a preview, or visit Luftwerk on youtube for more on their innovative projects and installations that combine architecture, digital projection and interactive media.

Make sure to stop by INsite's kickstarter page before May 31st for more details and to make a pledge; rewards range from limited-edition photography to a private tour of the Farnsworth House.

INsite  study no. 1 / Kate Joyce

INsite study no. 1 / Kate Joyce

Join us in helping Luftwerk realize this unique, site-specific project, one that not only celebrates one of the most famous homes in modern design history, but enables 'a new way of experiencing an icon of modern architecture'.

INsite  study no. 2, 2012 / backer gift

INsite study no. 2, 2012 / backer gift

[Luftwerk is the collaborative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. New media installations merge video and light with material, surface, and structure, shaping content into an immersive sculptural experience. Their work illuminates the realm of special events, live performance, gallery and public venue, in locations as diverse as MASS MoCA, JFK Airport, Emirates Palace, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House.]