Aurora Room
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
meeting house
168 SE 1st Street - Penthouse, Miami, FL 33131
Meeting House with Ground Control Miami present Aurora Room, a collaboration between Miami based artist Emmett Moore and experimental architecture laboratory RAD-UM. Stemming from a mutual interest in the intersection of design and technology RAD-UM and Moore have produced an immersive and responsive installation addressing the psychological effects of the built environment. Visitors interact with sensor-controlled projections and color patterns based on a series of films developed in the 40s used to treat different forms of psychosis.

Auroratone films were developed in the 1940s by filmmaker Cecil Stokes using audio waves on crystallizing chemicals and polarized light to produce soothing synesthetic visual effects. The films were used to treat traumatized soldiers, juvenile delinquents and mental patients. 18 short films accompanied by music were combined to create a 30 minute long movie, Music in Color. Of the original 18 films, "When the Organ Played Oh Promise Me" is the only surviving film. With the help of The Academy of Arts and Motion Picture Sciences in Los Angeles and Walter Forsberg, an archivist based in New York the film was scanned and digitized for this project.

Emmett Moore is a Miami-based sculptor and designer represented by Gallery Diet. His work has been shown institutionally at the RISD Museum, the Frost Art Museum, the Miami Art Museum, and the Bass Museum of Art. In 2014, he was the first Miami-based designer to exhibit a solo project at DesignMiami/ and was commissioned to design the Design Miami Marketplace in 2015. Gallery shows include those at Locust Projects (Miami), Patrick Parrish Gallery (New York), and OHWOW (Los Angeles). He received his BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

RAD-UM is a laboratory at the University of Miami school of Architecture where Rodolphe el-Khoury and a team lead by Christopher Chung conduct project-based research on the spatial potentials and ramifications of embedded technology and ubiquitous computing. RAD-UM’s work has been featured at Design Miami and e-Merge.