renée green at moma, nyc

Renee Green, A power stronger than itself, 2012

Renée Green’s Media Bichos for MoMA Media Lounge.

Designed by artist Renée Green, MoMA’s Department of Media and Performance Art introduces the MoMA Media Lounge, a modular, flexible structure presenting the Museum’s extensive collection of video and audio-based works.

The installation consists of Media Bichos, expandable or contractible environments for individual or shared viewing experiences. Evoking histories of utopian forms, Green’s geometric design partners a bold color palette with a range of textiles to create immersive structures that take on new meaning in concert with the videos on display. Green’s Media Bichos can be related to Lygia Clark’s Bichos of the 1960s—geometric “creatures” with which visitors can interact to create multiple forms. Banners suspended overhead, referring to radical aspirations of the avant-garde and beyond, form Green’s Space Poem #3 (Media Bicho), adding another layer to her ongoing investigation of the ways in which viewers read and extract meaning from combined systems while moving through space.

The first public platform of its kind in a New York museum, the Media Lounge invites viewers to select artworks through an iPad interface and experience them with historically accurate display technology.

Launched in conjunction with a collection-digitization initiative, the Media Lounge will unfold in three phases: Phase 1, depicted in the images, presents three viewing stations displaying videos on a classic video monitors in the second-floor corridor connecting the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building and the main Museum galleries. For Phase 2 (launching May/June 2012), six additional structures, including videos intended for display on a flat-screen monitor and listening stations for audio works, will be added to the corridor. Phase 3 (launching August/September 2012) will expand to the vicinity of the second-floor Bauhaus Staircase, for a total of 14 viewing stations. A projection screen and vitrines containing related ephemera will also be incorporated. As more collection works are preserved and new videos are added to the collection, the Media Lounge will expand to include them.