suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
A.V.A.E [alessio ERIOLI + antonio VACCA]: entomophilous flowers need insects to perform reproduction (through pollination), basing their reproductive potential on attraction. beauty then performs an essential function. analyzing the properties of the cyclamen graecum, we investigated the particular conditions of petals – the main tool through which the flower signals its presence to insects.
project developed during “flower obsession” studio, held by matias DEL CAMPO + sandra MANNINGER in the biodigital architecture master at esarq, 2008.
in the cyclamen petals bend upward, creating a very interesting topological condition around the corolla: their plication creates a continuous passage from outer to inner surface, just like some topological surfaces such as the klein bottle. exploring this condition under topmod® (along with the concepts of involution, gastrulation and with the translucency and color properties of the petals) we tried to avoid a mere biomorphic translation, going more into the generative process driven by the program.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
A.V.A.E.: attraction as a strategy for reproduction, jewelry, cyclamen petals plication, klein bottle, natural processes (gastrulation in particular), topological thinking (manuel de landa), topmod.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
A.V.A.E.: cyclamen graecum flower, american beauty, paul gauguin paintings, gerald scarfe sequences in the wall movie, timelapse videos of growing flowers.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
A.V.A.E.: nature, span, marta malé-alemany, ali rahim, steven ma, alvin huang, andrew kudless, neri oxman.
additional credits: the project was also exhibited representing esarq at the 2008 beijing architecture biennale. thanks to matias del campo & sandra manninger for the inspirational studio & teaching.