entr'acte |ˈänˌtrakt; änˈtrakt |
an interval between two acts of a play or opera.
• a piece of music or a dance performed during such an interval.


Winnipeg: On the Edge of Coherence
LAWRENCE BIRD, Architect, Urban Designer (Winnipeg)

KYLE JANZEN & CHRIS BURKE, JNZNBRK & University of Manitoba



Screen questions and explores typical methods for viewing moving picture films and animations. It challenges common notions of a screen by testing the potentials embedded within atypical projection materials. Screen also considers the implications of involving active participants in the screening of projected images.


The installation consists of three identical pieces of sheer fabric that are hung in succession and pulled taught at their corners. By projecting onto both sides of the screen, the video content blends together at varying degrees through the three layers of fabric. The resulting image comes in and out of clarity, depending on the viewpoint of the spectator and the content of the films. The three suspended pieces of fabric have enough space between them for participants to walk between the layers. By physically engaging with the piece, the participants become active variables. Through entering the piece and blocking out one of the projectors, they not only create a silhouette, but also allow the image from the other source to come through more clearly.


The content to be displayed on Screen is experimental and unconventional. In order to explore and display the unique phenomena created by the three panels, it is focused on colour, contrast, geometry, and patterning, as opposed to narrative and linearity.


JNZNBRK is the collaborative artistic effort of Kyle Janzen and Chris Burke. Both artists became heavily interested in light and digital media throughout the course of their studies in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, and began collaborating on projects in the summer of 2012.


Through early experimentation, the duo began focusing on the relationship between digital media and it’s interconnection to the physical world, utilizing site-specific installation, projected moving image, and live performance as tools to create pieces that exist in both analog and digital spaces simultaneously. This creates relationships in which the phenomena they explore are entirely dependent on both digital media and analog constructs, converging with one another.


Patterning Temporary Atmospheres: Temporary Installation
CLAY ODOM, University of Texas School of Architecture


Reclaiming Space: Between the Pyramid and the Labyrinth
PAOLA ZELLNER and NIKOLE BRANCH, Virginia Tech, School of Architecture + Design


The 2014 Atmosphere Committee consists of: Lisa Landrum, Chair (Architecture), Rae Bridgman (City Planning), Alyssa Schwann (Environmental Design), Lynn Chalmers (Interior Design), Marcella Eaton (Landscape Architecture); with web design and graphics support from Thalia Andreoglou (Masters of Architecture student), and administrative support from Brandy O’Reilly (Faculty of Architecture, Partners Program).


Questions? Please contact Lisa.Landrum@umanitoba.ca


Atmosphere is generously supported by the Faculty of Architecture Endowment Fund and the following professional associations: the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA); the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA); and the Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba (PIDIM).                  


Aspects of Atmosphere 2014 ACTION are being presented in collaboration with StoreFront Manitoba and aceartinc.