suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
david DESSENS (Sanch): Foldable fractal is a project originaly created during the Generator.x 2.0: Beyond the screen workshop hold by Marius Watz, in Berlin in 2007. The piece was generated using a recursive algorythm based on a lindermayer system.
The software vvvv was use to generate the cutting path. The piece is based on a recursion of a pentagon shape forming after folding a Pentagonal dodecahedron. The piece was created using the ability of the laser to half cut a material to help folding the material , this is use in this piece to simplify and accelerate the process of fabrication. Foldable Fractal 2.0 is a reedit of the piece with some minor change to the design, and a bigger scale (arround 40cm diameter), this was reedit for the lovebyte Festival in Shefield (uk), the original version was to quickly done to be show in an exhibition, but the piece has been destroy during this exhibition.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
dD: The original piece was created during a workshop , with free access to a laser cutter , but the amount of time needed to cut material, and the amount of people waiting for using the laser cutter, pushed me to think about a piece who will give interesting result with a great syze for not very much material and cutting time. Then the idea of foldable fractal just show up.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dD: It was during a workshop so, i guess people arround me inflenced me. But the project was devellop in few days , i din’t have the time to read anything at this time , i was only watching my laptop screen, reading my code, listening my computer fan.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
dD: I have many work planned at the moment, i’d like to do a new version of foldable fractal, with stainless steel and chimical cutting instead of laser cutting, with different piece using other geometric shape, but with the same concept, but i still have to find sponsor.
olivia mcgilchrist who did the photos.