Graduate Thesis project from the SCI-Arc M Arch I program currently on view in the SCI-Arc gallery
adviser: Tom Wiscombe
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
Artificial light, relief, and graphic coloration can dematerialize mass and create an ambiguous behavior by tapping into effects which transcend dimensions from 2D to 3D. The production of two specific effects on mass are at stake: 1) flattening and 2) over accentuating. The purpose of creating an ambiguous behavior is to move away from hierarchy and open the architectural reading to multiple interpretations.
The difference in visual effect between day and night is essential to my research, with the ultimate goal to drastically alter the appearance of the building throughout the day.
The implication of artificial light in this thesis is to break away from light as an afterthought and traditional indexical relationships between fixture and surface, embedding light within mass intrinsically as opposed to more didactic scenarios such as up-lighting, etc. This thesis is a contemporary issue to the practice of architecture, as it aspires to investigate surface articulation which can be intensified or relaxed furthering the ambiguous effects or calling attention to specific spatial moments. For example, the relief I am applying diverts from the pure geometry of the mass much like tattoos on the body are applied as figures foreign to any underlying structure, while the contouring or coloration used follows the geometry of the mass much like a Zebra’s skin pattern follows underlying muscular systems delineating with white and black the organic structure of the body.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
Razzle Dazzle Battleships, Optical Art and the work of Bridget Riley, Bioluminescence, No Good Television Reception Bar by Gnuform, and projects in the Superficial Superglow Exhibition (2008)
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
Listening: BPM Channel on XM Radio (dance music)
Reading: “Dimensional Color”
Watching: Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
Tom Wiscombe, DavidClovers, Florencia Pita, Jason Payne