The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind
Jewish Museum Berlin, 2003
Composing the Lines is an interactive installation looking into the inspirational relationship between architecture and music. Following the twelve tone principle in music, visitors are free to compose sequences of notes out of architectural elements. These sequences generate spatial structures that are projected to reveal the relationship between Libeskind’s architectural designs and Arnold Schönberg’s opera "Moses and Aaron".
Interacting with a touchscreen, visitors can compose a twelve tone row with a visual alphabet Libeskind designed for his Jewish Museum architecture. They will then hear the tone row that they have composed and at the same time, see on the projection table the automated variations developed according to the rules governing twelve-tone music (retrograde, inversion and retrograde inversion).
When all twelve tones have been set, the visitors can activate the playing of their tone-row with its variations. A digital interpretation into a musical and architectural structure is performed on a second projected screen.