behind-the-glass metamaquette

metamaquette, zenovia toloudi


opening reception II

Photos by: Sam Altieri


metamaquette opening reception

photos by Maria Toloudi




metamaquette is an exhibition about the art-research methodology of Zenovia Toloudi/Studio Z investigating installations as prototypes for architectural production. Being a composite word that derives from the Greek μετά/meta, and the French maquette, metamaquette literally translates as after/post/among/beyond the model. Often constructed in physical scale, with durable materials, and structural integrity, metamaquette projects occupy the phase of the architectural process after the cardboard model and before “going out” to the built world. Swinging between the real and its representation, metamaquette is a collection of interdisciplinary experiments/experiences aiming to exit the laboratory/gallery by transforming themselves from art exhibits to built architectural examples. 

January 13 – March 10, 2015
Strauss Gallery
Hopkins Center
Dartmouth College



Artisan's Asylum

a regular day in the "office"



excited to be using Asylasaur; built by the Artisan's Asylum community (based on the Lasersaur open source laser cutter project)

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a dzlab basement night



the arrival

of the 9 boxes

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upcoming Light InSight

**BZ is excited to be part of the Light InSight Lecture Series at NECO/International Year of Light (2015). Stay tuned!

NECO dome (photo via Lee Kennedy)

Light InSight Lecture Series

The International Year of Light (2015) is a global initiative of the United Nations General Assembly that will increase awareness of the importance of light and light-based optical technologies in our lives. As part of this initiative, the New England College of Optometry (NECO) will present a speaker series to celebrate the International Year of Light called The Light InSight Lecture Series. Held at NECO, this lecture series will host speakers from the areas of visual arts, architecture, visual neuroscience, eye care, sleep disorders, circadian rhythms and aging, among others. The Light InSight Lecture Series will run on Tuesday evenings at 5 pm from March 2015 to October 2015

NECO building @Back Bay, Boston (photo via My NECO Experience/ Emily)

Light InSight Speaker Series Schedule
3/24/2015 David R. Williams, Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester
Topic: Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging
3/31/2015 Bevil Conway, Dept. of Neuroscience, Wellesley College
Topic: Vision and Visual Art
4/7/2015 David Berson, Dept. of Neuroscience, Brown University
Topic: Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells
4/14/2015 Charles Czeisler, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Topic: Neurobiology of Circadian Rhythms
4/21/2015 tentative speaker date
5/26/2015 Zenovia Toloudi, Arts & Sciences, Dartmouth College
Topic: Manipulation of Light in Architecture
6/23/2015 Frances Rucker, New England College of Optometry
Topic: Light and Development of Refractive Error
7/21/2015 Susana Marcos, Instituto de Optica, Madrid
Topic: Aberrations of the Eye
8/25/2015 Mark Rea,Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Topic: New Lighting Technologies
9/8/2015 Jane Gwiazda, New England College of Optometry
Topic: Light as a Potential Treatment for Myopia in Children
9/15/2015 Francois Delori, Schepens Eye Research Institute
Topic: Lipofuscin and Light Hazards
9/22/2015 Richard Masland, Ophthalmology, MEEI, Harvard Medical School
Topic: Optogenetics in Retinal Degenerative Diseases
10/6/2015 Debora Nickla, New England College of Optometry
Topic: Circadian Rhythms and Emmetropization
10/27/2015 Jack Werner, Ophthalmology & Vision Science, University of California, Davis
Topic: Art, Aging and the Visual System

International Year of Light
Activities for the International Year of Light are planned for people of all backgrounds so that they can understand and appreciate the role of light in their lives. Light has revolutionized medicine and communication (internet) and plays an important role in cultural, economic and political aspects of today’s society. The International Year of Light will enable scientists, engineers, artists, writers and others to interact, so as to learn more about the nature of light. Opening ceremonies for the program of international events will occur on January 19-20th, 2015. Learn more about the UN’s International Year of Light, www.light2015.org, and the event program

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Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages, poster for 1972 Olympics
(image found here)



blanket in progress

Blanket model in progress for metamaquette exhibition photo by gtroza @Takis shop, Alexandroupolis, Greece

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MC redux @ dimitria


Food Museum final review