Dream the Combine Wins 2018 Young Architects Program

March 6, 2018

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 have announced that Hide & Seek by Jennifer Newsom (Architecture) and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine, in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of ARUP, has been named the winner of the 2018 Young Architects Program.

Opening in June 2018, Hide & Seek is a responsive installation that features nine intersecting elements positioned across the entirety of the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Selected from five finalists, Hide & Seek will serve as a temporary urban landscape for the 21st season of Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series, and remain on view through the summer.

Now in its 19th year, the Young Architects Program offers emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winner to develop creative designs for a temporary and sustainable outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water.

Hide & Seek was inspired by the crowd, the street, and the jostle of relationships found in the contemporary city. The installation is composed of horizontal structures, which contain two inward-facing, gimbaled mirrors suspended from a frame. The mirrors move in the wind or with human touch, permitting dislocating views and unique spatial relationships.

“For the 19th year of the Young Architects Program, Dream The Combine’s provocative intervention Hide & Seek is a test of architecture in Long Island City, Queens and, more broadly, the American city. Conceived as a temporary site of exchange, the proposal activates the MoMA PS1 courtyard as a speculative frontier to be magnified, transgressed, and re-occupied,” said Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design.

“As art can and should move through walls, so too does Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers’s architecture that restages how and why communities interact with the Museum. The materials deployed will not just be its reflective ‘runway,’ illuminated overhead misting networks or even an expansive hammock for lounging, but a scaled system that addresses multiple publics with the impassioned statement, ‘You Are Here.'”

Dream The Combine is the creative practice of artists and architects Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, based in Minneapolis, MN. Working with engineer Clayton Binkley and a trusted group of fabricators, Dream The Combine investigate the conceptual overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory through structures that disrupt assumed dichotomies and manipulate the boundary between real and illusory space.

Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.

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