suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
andrew SMITH-RASMUSSEN: There are a few things going on here. To being with, this project is an exploration of a diffuse living space for a speculative client with specific needs (the house has to accommodate their swinger lifestyle and resist earthquakes).
But more importantly, the project investigates the role formal excess, vegetation and optical FX can play within an overall architectural composition. Beyond a trite “blurring of inside and outside”, the hyperactive forms combined with droste effect from the reflective surfaces explode space and perception becoming hypersaturated, hyperspatial and hypernatural.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aSR: Animism, shamanism, Claude Lorrain, Peter Christopherson, Bryne Rasmussen
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aSR: Books: Animism – Anselm Franke, The Claude Glass – Arnaud Maillet
Film: Enter The Void, Hellraiser
Music: Tons of UK bass music, Chicago juke trax, mixes from the Fear of Music crew, etc but also stuff like throbbing gristle, coil, psychic tv, and angels of light. And disco.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aSR: Gage/Clemenceau, Xefirotarch, Emergent, Sucuno, Francois Roche