The House in the Sky, 2016
Multi-channel stereoscopic 4K projection (32:18 min), real-time computer simulation, mylar spheres
In collaboration with Sascha Pohflepp

The House in the Sky is a video installation of anaglyph stereoscopic projections mapped onto Pioneer Works’ exhibition space. The projections re-create the mid-century modern Los Angeles home of RAND Corporation strategists Alfred and Roberta Wohlstetter, which was the site of one of the earliest think tanks. An “atomic Villa Diodati,” as Geoff Manaugh noted, the house was where possible futures were discussed along with the end of the world. Occurring in the 1950s during the Cold War, these conversations dwelled on a future that seemed especially precarious.

Modeled on photographs of the residence taken by Julius Shulman and Leonard Mccombe, the videos re-stage these interdisciplinary meetings. In the process, these videos become a virtual territory in which performances, readings, and a real-time simulation titled Leibniz Cocktail Conjecture aim to investigate relationships between architecture and critical inquiry, technological acceleration, and our place within history – both in regards to the past as well as our speculative future.
Conversation participants: Laura Ballantyne-Brodie (NYU), Lars Büsing (Google DeepMind), Claire Evans (YACHT), Jacob Gaboury (Stony Brook University/Max Planck Institute), Sam Hart (, Janna Levin (Columbia University), Kate Marvel (NASA Goddard Institute), Nicola Masciandaro (Brooklyn College), Oliver Medvedik (Genspace), Gavin Schmidt (NASA Goddard Institute), Kevin Slavin (MIT Media Lab) and Roberta Wohlstetter read by Joan Wohlstetter-Hall as well as contributors Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG) and Phillip Stearns.

Images: Exhibition view The House in the Sky at Pioneer Works, New York City

Developed with the support from Pioneer Works, Eyebeam, Museum of Art and Design, Guesthouse Residency and the Headlands Center for the Arts.

We wish to thank Bitu Cao Minh (set assistance), CHiKA (projectors), Igor Donevski (3D modelling), Lindsay Eyink & Kevin Nelson, Gabriel Florenz, Wolfgang Gil (sound engineering), Lev Kalman (compositing support), Yael Krevsky, Marco Orozco, Lynn Russell, Roddy Schrock, Cliff Watts, Cate Wynn (set assistance), Jake Yuzna and everybody at Pioneer Works for their support in realizing this work.