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A close collaboration between Use All Five and the Bohen Foundation.

A unique relationship between a design studio (west coast) and an art foundation (east coast) closely working with each other—building a shared vision across time zones, a digital archive, as well as interactive gestures.

This collaboration started in the winter of 2016. Bohen tasked Use All Five with the challenge of translating the Foundation’s diverse output into a cohesive, compelling, and primarily visual, experience. There were many concerns about the nuances of this website. How to make it more clear as to what the Foundation does, without placing it in a box? How to distinguish the different types of contributions Bohen has made? Where to look for inspiration for the Bohen site, without feeling trite or cliché, or burdening it with an overtly singular theme or metaphor?

The Bohen team suggested starting with the Foundation’s architectural spaces—primarily the West 13th Street space designed by LOT-EK. A modular system of panels and shipping containers, the West 13th Street space could recombine itself to meet the needs of any given project. Bohen felt that the function and thinking of this space was closely aligned with the vision and ethos of the Foundation. West 13th Street remained a strong analog to both where the Foundation had been, and what it had become—a dynamic and mutable entity, adapting to the needs of each artwork or artist it housed.

Turning to the LOT-EK space for inspiration, UA5 developed the website’s visual language and user flow. Windows in the shipping containers, creating negative space, are referenced in the viewports of the splash page. On a more conceptual level, aspects of the design reflect the West 13th Street space’s motif of a non-neutral viewing experience.

The website changes in reaction to both the presence of the visitor as well as the project they are viewing. The Bohen Foundation allowed remnants of previous inhabitants and activities to be left behind in the West 13th Street space; so, too, does the website. As one views each project page, a visual history of image panels collects, reflecting what one has seen and how long they were captured.


— Use All Five, 2017
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