Kristina Rudolph | PM/Creator/Designer/Builder
Society | Product Owners/Stakeholders
Software | Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Building Helpers | Joan & Ralph Spitale, Brandon & Mark Rudolph
It all began with a quilt. The colors and content of the quilt inspired the entire installation called the “Dyning Room.” Auditory, olfactory, tactile, and interactive elements created a heightened experience.
Below we travel through the transformative space through explanations and sounds.
Explanation through sound
Accessible sound overview
- The William Tell Overture (Spring) played in the background by the entrance while birds sang and the occasional dog barked to authenticate a surreal outdoor auditory experience.
- The inner Dyning Room area more unsettling sounds such as oxygen machine hums, infrequent coughing, and an occasional phone that rang eerily unanswered.
The sound clip below is a 58-minute loop representing the visitors’ initial impressions of what they would hear.
These sounds looped for those entering the gallery space and instantly transforming visitors’ from being inside to feeling like you went outdoors.
Physical and tactile details
- This exhibit had a wheelchair-accessible walkway to the central waiting room lobby area.
- The smells of flowers slowly dissipated over the course of the exhibit being open as they wilted and died throughout the life of the exhibit.
- Any items could be touched; under supervision for blind visitors.
- The walkway path was lined with castle-wall blocks to help guide all visitors into the exhibit space.
Explanation of the space
The inner outdoors
The gallery slowly transformed from a blank room with glass windows by the front entrance into a complete outdoor scape with a small backyard of grass, and a path that wound around the side of a ten-foot deep by twelve feet long building covered in white vinyl siding complete with a curtained window and window box.
Inside the backyard
This outdoor space is riddled with hints of the sick abandoned homeowner that may have once lived inside. The backyard shows metal trashcans filled with oxygen tubes, syringes, medical cloth, and other medial items.
Overall yard approach
The yard’s grass is filled with pesticide signs which become denser on the lawn as one approaches the waiting room and building entrance. Details are meant to express how our environmental choices lead to cancer’s risk.
The check-in desk
The waiting room
The path passes against the side of the building and opens to a waiting room area with a desk where visitors experience what it is like to check in to their appointment. Four waiting room chairs with small end tables on either side sit against a wall across from the outbuilding’s door entrance.
Inside the dining room
Inside the built house room is a dining room filled with colorful objects and furniture which encourage visitors to be intrigued to enter.
Upon deep inspection, everything in the room appears to have cancer cells collaged onto plates, cups, wallpaper, paintings, and other objects.
Installation of the constructed space included graphics created using Illustrator and Photoshop which were mounted to various substrates and materials to create an immersive walk-through environment.
Materials: Construction materials, electrical, wood, silver, steel, cotton, paper, glass, plastic, surgical cloth, and gowns, found objects, and photography.
Cancer affects us, every day, in different ways. I believe our environment increases Cancer’s risk. To some, Cancer has touched our hearts. To others it has touched our bodies. Cancer affects our lives, our friends and our families.
This life-size installation represents the reliquary for my life. It contains my memories and feelings in dealing with close friends and relatives that have died of Cancer and the few that have survived their plight. It is my aim to allow you to enter this world inside my head. As everyone will be affected differently, it is my hope that you will take a tour and perhaps reflect amongst your own experiences in dealing with this disease.
The waiting room contains facts and documentation that I have collected throughout a two-year-long process. It is my hope that you will share in your experiences and stories with others to raise awareness. I encourage you to read more on how to gain prevention and avoid increasing your own Cancer risks.
— Kristina Rudolph
Below shows four-minute video clip of how the process and inception for how the Dyning Room began.
See how this process began through the partial documentary video below.
Below images show the Dyning Room’s creation
Below is a grid series of 96 images visually articulating the building, execution, and design details involved in the creation of this installation.