On behalf of its new ultra-premium Skyy90, which is billed as "vodka by design," Skyy Spirits has announced a year of programming to support the work of designers and architects across the U.S. The Skyy90 Design Collective will present exhibitions and installations by emerging design talents, and the Diamond Design Series will feature a series of panel discussions in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects. The Design Collective's premiere event, "Crosswired," opened in L.A. on April 20 in a partnership with the Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles, better known as the A+D Museum. This interactive, multisensory project blends large-scale tensile fabric installations designed by Workshop Levitas — an international design collaborative of engineers, architects and interactive designers — with live digital visual art and experimental electronic music.
" 'Crosswired' merges elements of design, architecture, technology, visual performance and audio performance," explains A+D Museum director Tibbie Dunbar. Lightweight structures suspended throughout A+D's courtyard are wired with optical sensors that instantaneously relay data to the performing artists; visitors can manipulate the sensory structures, thereby "co-creating the audio and visual experience." Among other performers, the April 20 show featured Constant Flux, aka Doug Rimerman, a notable electronic music and audio/visual artist on the L.A. scene. The installation will be on display at A+D through May 13, with live performances every Friday night. Some images from the "Crosswired" debut are seen here. See WorkshopLevitas.org and AplusD.org for more.