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Low Rez - Hi Fi

An interactive sound and light garden, "Low Rez/Hi-Fi," by MIT professors Eric Howeler and J. Meejin Yoon entices before entering the building

Developer Abby Stillman wanted to rebrand a 1960's office building in Washington, DC. He sought out MIT architects Meejin Yoon and Eric Howeler, who proposed an interactive installation that spilled out from the lobby to the sidewalk.

The result is an installation called Low Rez Hi Fi; the first half of the name refers to three LED display screens and the second to a grove of stainless steel poles that create sound when touched. These pieces transformed a spacious but otherwise drab sidewalk into an interactive field of sound and light that responds in different ways to people in a public space.

Parallel designed, manufactured and installed the Low Rez LED screens in 2006. We were then asked to complete the unfinished sound grove in 2007.

The installation was featured in the Cooper Hewitt's 2006 Design Trienneal. We designed and built a smaller vitrine using the excess display modules from our manufacturing run. This exhibition went on to the Institue of Contemporary Arts in Boston, MA and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston.

manufacturer:Parallel Development Ltd

Perseus Realty Building.

Perseus Realty, LLC is a private real estate firm specializing in commercial property investments and development of office and residential properties.
Perseus Realty, formed in early 2004, is an affiliate of Perseus, LLC, a private equity firm based in Washington, D.C.

Perseus, L.L.C. is a merchant bank and private equity fund management company headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in New York and an advisory office in Munich. Perseus has invested in numerous growth equity, buyout, and distressed transactions in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.

Frank H. Pearl (Washington, D.C.), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Perseus, founded the firm in 1995 and founded Rappahannock Investment Company, the predecessor of Perseus, in 1991.

Mr. Pearl serves as chairman of the Jennie Zoline Foundation, a private foundation that he established in 1987 to be operated for scientific, literary, educational, and other purposes. Mr. Pearl has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Rockefeller University, and The Brookings Institution. Mr. Pearl is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Economics, and the Trust for the National Mall, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a participating member of the American Friends of Bilderberg. Mr. Pearl serves as a Board member of the following Perseus portfolio companies: Perseus Books, L.L.C. (Chairman), Workflow Management, Inc., and The Vehicle Production Group LLC.

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Danaë was the daughter of Acrisius the king of Argos. She had been seduced by Acrisius’ brother Proetus, and it had been foretold that Acrisius himself would have no male heirs, and that his own grandson would kill him. So he locked his daughter Danaë in a bronze dungeon, and thought he would thwart the prophecy. The princess, receives the interest of the mightiest god. Zeus came to Danaë in the form of a shower of gold, to seduce and impregnate her.

When Danaë's son Perseus was born, her father placed the mother and child into a wooden box, and set it adrift on the sea. A fisherman found it washed ashore the island called Seriphos, and took Danaë and Perseus to the local king, Polydectes, who welcomed them to share his palace.

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