Art Omi

Ghent, NY

All-In is a site-specific installation designed for Art Omi in the context of the Shared Space—Collective Practices exhibition. While most gallery installations are designed simply to be walked around and contemplated, All-In is an inclusive intervention that invites engagement with users of all ages.

Four unique but cohesive elements come together in the gallery as a dynamic and flexible platform for various uses. Utilizing a range of geometry, materials, colors, and textures, the installation builds on WIP’s focus on creating spaces that offer choice of usage to enable diverse embodied experiences. The elements are open for interpretation by the user as worktable, seating surface, climbing structure, or otherwise. For children participating in creative workshops held in the gallery, the installation invites them to touch, sit, stand, slide, and create on the various surfaces.

All-In also incorporates recycled rubber leftover from WIP’s Tidal Shift public installation at the Shed in the summer of 2022, as a visual and tactile nod to the continuity between WIP’s built works.

About the exhibition:
Shared Space—Collective Practices presents the work of four international collaborative design practices—WIP, FUNdaMENTAL Design Build Initiative, Colloqate Design, and Assemble—bringing people together through communal work to realize projects with broader social impact. These collectives share a multi-disciplinary approach, with teams often composed not only of architects, but collaborating with individuals with a variety of backgrounds and ranging professional expertise, including urbanists, sociologists, and community organizers.

Testing the power of advocacy, the presented projects emerge in public spaces and through collaborative relationships with the communities they serve. They center on playfulness and resourcefulness, blurring the boundaries of public and private property, and emphasizing communal agency and ownership. In this way, the projects address larger social concerns and the impact of economic transformation, with a particular focus on urban densification, underserved or neglected areas, social inequity, and democratization of space with the goal of building community and collective knowledge.

WIP Collaborative Team:
Elsa Ponce
Lindsay Harkema
Sera Ghadaki
Abby Coover
Sonya Gimon
Ryan Brooke Thomas

More info on Art Omi’s website.

Fabrication by Jordan Rosenoe/Art Omi.
Photos by Alon Koppel and David Ader.

© WIP Architecture DPC