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  • resident chroma

    resident chroma
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    bin LU/nicola BECK/ekaterina ZAVYAKOVA/mira LEE: Today materials are scientifically engineered to serve demanding purposes in a profit and performance oriented world. The expertise of manufacturers grows rapidly to maximize efficiency and push material limits.



    The consequence is an illusion of humans mastering nature.

    The gap between human perception and physical behavior is an enormous issue today. We rely on artificial intelligence executing codes with high precision in a physical environment. Materials with specific properties become problem solvers rather than intelligent variables in fabrication.

    Our project suggests a new interface to bridge the gap between technique and technology, design and application, most importantly virtual and real. A global color control model builds up the three dimensional data base. This is able to merge multiple parameters breaking out of the singularity of conventional information mappings.

    Color as input/output display becomes an analysis tool which redefines RGB as a calculator opening up color being a generator. Simple procedures are merged by color mapping to create new conditions without losing information. In short, blue and red generate purple. We are building up a toolkit of materials with a great variety of attributes, such as the shaping capacities of plastics, the tension resistance of fabrics, flex-abilities of fibers, and structural properties of concrete – giving the user control by a constant sensor feedback loop by infrared cameras, laser measuring, conductive yarn and pressure sensors. As a consequence we are breaking out of applications being limited to materials and architectural functions being reduced to object.

    Material intelligence is redefined as a design tool in a playful environment – displayed and combined in the color control model “Resident Chroma”.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    bL/nB/eZ/mL: Peter Testa, Devyn Weiser

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    bL/nB/eZ/mL: AD magazine, Evan Douglis’s Autogenic Structures.

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    bL/nB/eZ/mL: TESTA&WEISER, EMERGENT, Zaha Hadid Architects, Ali Rahim/C-A-P, Greg Lynn

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