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An interdisciplinary exploration of spatial aesthetics and their ability to affect mood. This exhibition encourages the viewer's response to a variety of stimuli, guiding them through an architectural landscape rooted in the mythos of “The Haunted House.” Achieved by means of sound exploration and interactive sculptural elements, as well as video-based installation, the viewer alternately takes on the role of "co-conspirator" and "victim." The rise of postmodern architecture as a movement, which draws upon architectural traditions and conventions of the past in seeking to provide comfort to a perceived audience by employing elements of ornamental beauty, coincided with the mass production and presentation of haunted houses in the 1970s.
The “Haunted House” as an attraction was first popularized by the Disneyland attraction, “The Haunted Mansion.” Constructed in a decidedly postmodern environment, Disneyland itself having been designed by many well known postmodern architects including Robert Venturi. By using postmodern architectural theory as a basis The Haunted draws on elements of pathological fear and employs cognitive response systems that are anachronistic in appearance, yet contemporary in approach and its employ of technology. With visual elements rooted in illusion, and decorative elements provided by painters who are steeped in figurative academic tradition, the viewer is alternately comforted and terror-stricken.Featuring work by