David Baker Architects


Chrome Cavern

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SEPTEMBER 2-18, 2015
at StoreFrontLab





Chrome Cavern and the Expanded Consciousness Reading Room

In this architectural-poetical collaboration between DBA Lab (the research and exploration studio of David Baker Architects) and curator Jacob Palmer, StoreFrontLab will become a conduit for self-reflection and exploration. Come participate in an immersive installation encompassing moments of insight, voyeurism, and play.

The interactive sculptural environment will host a series of readings, receptions, events, and discussions on diverse topics—from artificial intelligence to consciousness, dark matter to the infinite—facilitating experiences that parallel these ideas with the hope that participants will discover new connections and real-world applications.
This installation responds to and builds on the structural form of a large-scale site-specific piece called peepSHOW, which was originally created by DBA Lab for the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Designed to filter the senses and engage the public on a gritty San Francisco street corner, peepSHOW is recontextualized here as the Chrome Cavern, a compounding of interior spaces that filter and focus a personal exploration of the luminous corners of the mind.


September 2, 6-9ish

StoreFrontLab's Season 3 Premiere: An evening of good times and blown minds in the Expanded Consciousness Reading Room, featuring the cosmic styling of DJ Spaziale. Free, click here to register. 


September 8, 6-8pm
Expanded Consciousness Reading Room

StoreFrontLab Curator Jacob Palmer introduces the thinking behind Season 3: The Unknown, The Unknowable, The Future. Join us as we conduct a live podcast event discussing the ideas of Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Sun Ra, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ram Das, among many others. Free, click here to register. 


September 10, 6-8pm
Zen and Artificial Intelligence

Join novelist Nicole Sallak Anderson in a discussion of the probability of a world where AI and humans work together, in service, for the betterment of all. Signed copies of her eHuman Trilogy will be available. For more information on her work, see www.ehumandawn.blogspot.com. Free, click here to register.


September 15, 6-8pm
Rapid Prototyping the Unknowable Now

Curator Jacob Palmer and artist Donta Santistevan lead an evening of formulating, sketching, and prototyping ideas surrounding The Unknown. Free, click here to register.

September 16, 6-8pm
Architecture + The City Panel and Reception

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Join DBA Lab for "Chrome Cavern, Deconstructed," a panel and multimedia exhibit of the process—brainstorming, building, deployment—and response to the original peepSHOW installation, with reflections from fellow Market Street Prototyping Festival participants Show Box designer Frank Merritt, Principal at Jensen Architects, and Active Rest designer Doron Serban, professor at Academy of Art University. Free, click here to register.

September 18, 8-late

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A paparazzi party and photogenic fun in the kaleidoscopic Chrome Cavern. Come selfie yourself in its myriad mirrors! Come see and be seen and be seen being seen! Fantastical-wear preferred, reflection and refraction encouraged. Sounds by DJ Cole One Sock. Free, click here to register.

The Chrome Cavern taking form in its interior manifestation.