LEVITATING STATE SECRETS
Titled "Levitating State Secrets," this installation continues my work in architecturally reproducing spaces of United States intelligence. This series of investigations uses transducers to amplify sound through built surfaces. In this installation, state secrets collected from wikileaks and other public sources are conducted through a lightweight surface hung from helium balloons.
Mitch McEwen, Principal of McEwen Studio and founder of SUPERFRONT, holds an M.Arch from Columbia University (GSAPP) and BA from Harvard in Social Studies, cum laude. Before founding McEwen Studio, Mitch McEwen worked at Bernard Tschumi Architects and New York City Department of City Planning as Associate Urban Designer for the Queens Borough. Mitch McEwen has received numerous awards, including a 2013 Architecture Fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts Independent Projects award for Architecture, Planning and Design in 2010, and the Geographic Information Systems Fellowship at Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy in 2005. She has taught as Charles Moore Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, where she created the Mumbai Anthropocene project in the Urban Design studio program. Previously, McEwen created the Parametric Zoning Envelope course as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, and taught as Instructor at NJIT College of Architecture. She has lectured at Princeton School of Architecture, University of Michigan, Bard College, City University of New York, and Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. McEwen served on the jury for UN Habitat’s 2014 Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing competition, as well as the 2011 award jury for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Puerto Rico.