Flock House

Cyclograph of activity in Mary Mattingly's Flock House

The Rhythmanalysis Lab is concerned with the observation, representation, and interpretation of rhythms in everyday life. Inspired by the work of Henri Lefebvre, it is a framework for projects, workshops, and investigations at the intersection of urban research, sound, and data science.

Will the (future) rhythmanalyst ... set up and direct a lab where one compares documents: graphs, frequencies and various curves? ... Just as he borrows and receives from his whole body and all his senses, so he receives data from all the sciences: psychology, sociology, ethnology, biology; and even physics and mathematics ... He will come to 'listen' to a house, a street, a town, as an audience listens to a symphony.

- Henri Lefebvre, "The Rhythmanalyst: A Previsionary Portrait" in Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday life. New York City: Continuum, 2004. Pg. 22.

Project Created: 
April 2012
Start Date: 
1 Mar 2012 - 7 Apr 2012

From March 1 to April 7, Eyebeam Fellow Mary Mattingly will test her Flock House living system right here at Eyebeam! She will be living in one of the Flock House units, testing its power, food, and water systems in preparation for a public launch in May 2012.

Her Flock Houses are self-sufficient, interstitial habitats that engage with and are sutained by the urban public. These nomadic, pod-like structures are designed to latch on to one another and to attach themsleves to exisitng buildings. Mattingly will choreograph and record their movements across multiple US cities, and, in doing so, hopes to reveal some of the social and economic issues surrounding property and ownership in these centers.

Mary will host an event with Geoff Manaugh and the Urban Research Group in tandem with the exhibition on Thursday, March 1 from 6-8 PM, and an opening reception in conjunction with Taeyoon Choi on March 15th.


Flock House is a group of migratory, public, sculptural habitats that host on underused urban infrastructure as they move with the help of preexisting transportation routes: from barges to flat bed trucks to helicopters, they can easily catch a ride to the next destination while living off and providing for their surroundings.

Commencing in New York City and choreographed throughout urban centers in the United States and three planes of living (subterranean, ground, and sky) the shape and form of Flock House is inspired by current global human migration patterns. Built collaboratively upon reclaimed, redesigned, and rethought materials within a gift culture, Flock House sets out to inspire reinvention of mobile structures in a time when growing urban populations are faced with imminent environmental, political, and economic instability.

Project Created: 
October 2011
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