Ian Ardouin-Fumat, alumni 2012, received the Award for Excellence in Design from the New York City’s Public Design Commission.
Ian Ardouin-Fumat worked on the "Shakespeare Machine" project during the summer 2012 as a trainee at the Office for Creative Research. He was then in his 2nd year of postgraduate studies at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique. Working now as a designer within the same studio, he received with the whole team in charge of the project the famous award on July, 17th 2013.
Suspended from the ceiling of the New York Public Theater newly renovated lobby, the Shakespeare Machine celebrates the intricate lexicon of Shakespeare’s work with a mesmerizing artwork. The piece consists of 37 electronic display panels, each dedicated to a specific play, that radiate out from a central oculus. Fueled by computer algorithms that identify syntactic commonalities, the piece displays excerpts from each play in LEDs.