Veiled Voids | Kenny Tsui

Veiled Voids Chapel Extension at the Basilica of St. Clemente by Kenny Tsui | Rome 2007

Veiled Voids | Kenny tsui

Artist statement: “This project explores the mysterious qualities of emptiness in virtual space. Sited in the Basilica of St. Clemente, an unused church in Rome, the church is an archaeological site of mystic edifices with a blissful mosaic depiction of the Bible’s ‘Holy Tree of Life’. Its symbolical foliage has been interpreted as a ‘veil’, a divine spark that generates a projective construction system of nodes: seeded particles that project, duplicate, repeat, and explode into layers of interstitial boundaries. These exuberant veil-surfaces intuitively guide the pilgrims and frame the nodes, which in turn can be understood as architectural voids that conceal confessionals, altars and communal spaces.

The proposed chapel reinvigorates the original Basilica by acting as a vertical intervention into the horizontal archaeological strata, in which the veils intertwine the old and the new. Mass and voids seemingly slip, flip, oscillate and pulsate, entailing a spatial and strategic vision that includes the significance of atmospherics and bodily experience in conjunction with a technological and poetic awareness in digital designs.”