Department of Film/Video
The new home of the Department of Film/Video used to be a nondescript box that housed the Pratt art supply store. The arts school charged Think! Architecture and Design to keep the steel-framed, long-span container but transform its contents. Shrouding the existing structure in black, the designers focused on expressing newly inserted program as a series of free-standing volumes, separated from each other for technical reasons and architectural effect. Interstitial spaces became social areas, carved by strong forms.
The exterior surfaces of the production areas received perforated metal screens with patterns designed by the artist and Pratt professor Haresh Lalvani. Each pattern is derived from abstracted representations of the function of the space it envelops, such as sound waves for the recording studio.
We focused on photographing the variety of spaces in use, from students interacting in the double height social spaces, to classes and workshops using the theater, green screen and recording studio.
Photographed April 2015.