Three Houses
Exhibition, 2017
CONTACT HAWAII at Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu, Hawai‘i



Material: wood, paper, coral, basalt
Dimensions: 20" W x 20" L x 39” H

As shelter pervades every aspect of mind, society, and environment, notions of The House are subject to divergent demands. The associated and embedded conflicts emerging amongst these various demands, with reference to consumption, capacity, culture, and cost, are resolved only within the event of The House itself.

Rejecting the vanguard and over-engineered, over-mediated future, Three Houses responds to the more tacit and palpable interactions of human beings dwelling on volcanic islands a thousand years from now. The challenge of this Hawai‘i-specific installation is to de-design The House with hyper-specificity across three archetype sites: forest, plain, and reef. Each surface, form, cycle, and gradient links ecologies of house, and site is coupled with some range of precise interaction of material, elevation, soil type, solar radiation, rainfall, wind, or global position, as well as a formative effect and delight. The acoustic, haptic, psychic, phantasmic, atmospheric, cognitive, and virtual experiences of site and scale is considered. Three Houses promotes kauhale [a group of houses that comprise the Hawaiian home], as a principle means of production. Dwelling becomes landscape and thus an infrastructure of cultivation, knowledge, program, and culture.