“tenement” is a proposal for an after-hours exhibit for the lower east side tenement museum, located on orchard street in new york city.
the tenement museum is a source of an incredibly rich history of new york, but as the culture of the lower east side changes into one predominantly focused on nightlife, there are many visitors to the area who pass by the building without knowing what lies inside. “tenement” proposes to expose these visitors to the stories and internal life of the museum by projecting images, video and audio out through the windows, which will then be triggered by people passing by the museum at night.
as visitors pass by, they are beckoned to come closer to the windows; when they do, they are rewarded with audio and imagery indicative of the nature of what lies inside the building’s walls.
“tenement” was created with diana huang for spatial media, during the spring 2012 semester at NYU’s interactive telecommunications program. it was built using microsoft’s kinect sensor and processing.