Plexiglas, wood, steel, fluorescent tubes, and electronics
Panel: 31 1/2 x 43 1/2 x 11 3/4" (80 x 110.5 x 29.8 cm)
BIX is a permanent light-and-media installation for Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, the biomorphic art museum designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, which opened in 2003. BIX consists of a Plexiglas facade with 930 fluorescent tubes on the building’s eastern side. The facade thus functions as an oversize, undulating urban screen, with each light ring adjustable for brightness and functioning as a pixel in a dynamic, low-resolution art gallery, as if the building were tattooed with larger-than-life images, text, and film sequences. The designers want BIX to act as “an architectural ‘enabler’ enhancing the building’s communicative possibilities” as well as its range and identity. Through manageable and inexpensive technology, this modular system embodies a vision of architecture as a changing, moving, and performing medium and demonstrates an accessible, eco-conscious (for its era) integration of media surfaces in urban landscapes. A BIX panel is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.