suckerPUNCH: describe your project:
bob FREDERICK: this design for the interior redevelopment of an existing university building seeks to employ a strategy for synthesizing systems of nature with the built environment. domestication has become a pinnacle of mankind’s achievement whether for function, commodity or ornament, our desire to control natural systems seems to be a force inseparable from the human condition. the french topiary gardens of the 1800’s may be one of the earliest precedents describing our desire to incorporate nature as a mutable material and thus, as an artist’s medium. working within the topiary practice of subtraction, in this case wood and foliage, the method provides the artist with a tool for shaping an ideal and often simple or sublime form.
while effective, this method assumes diligent action against the natural system in an effort to force a natural system into an artificial state. within the context of this project there is an effort to work in parallel with nature to achieve a symbiotic relationship between nature, artifice and user interaction. the project also seeks to develop an interface for natural and artificial systems where the user can exploit natural systems allowing them to operate in their feral or naturalized state. specifically in this case the plants not only provide a visual stimuli and function to partition space but they also seek to improve indoor air quality. ultimately by working in this way the project attempts to elucidate the relationship we have with nature and begs the question, “how much control we are willing to lose?”
sP: who or what influenced this project?:
bF: richard meier, charles and ray eames, mathieu lehanneur
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
bF: tim and eric music videos.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
bF: ray kurzweil