DJDS | Global Lives
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Global Lives World Premiere

Client: Global Lives

Location: San Francisco, CA

Team: Adrienne Aquino, Liz Ogbu, Matthew Toon, Deanna Van Buren

Status: Completed 2010


Global Lives is a nonprofit whose mission is to film a day in the life of a single person in the attempt to show us our common humanity. This exhibit was to hold the world premiere of the first 10 films in a small gallery called the Room for Big Ideas. In order to truly experience each life we created a separate room for each video so that a visitor could have complete focus on one life at a time. This series of rooms is lined up along the east and west walls of the gallery.


The structure of each room is comprised of steel scaffolding. This scaffolding is hidden and revealed as a visitor moves through the exhibit. The scaffolding forms a light structure that slips into the existing room to form 7 new rooms. The modular nature of the assembly is meant to reflect our shared physical qualities as human beings while the incredible diversity and uniqueness of each life is reflected in the materials, textures and images used to dress the steel structure and create an enclosed viewing room. A greater sense of intimacy is created in each space by a common ceiling of wood pallets or slats that float above each room modulating the light filtering in.