suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
igor SIDDIQUI: Calystegia is a part of an ongoing series of working prototypes, titled Florals, that investigate the behaviors of component-based soft structures under the influence of gravity, time, and chance.
Digitally cut from wool felt, mechanically stitched and manually assembled, Calystegia is both a full-scale prototype of a curtain/wall hybrid and a non-scale-specific apparatus for iterative form-finding. The interest in floral motifs in the series is linked to the desire to blur the distinction between the geometric patterns that determine the three-dimensional form of individual components and the graphic patterns that are typically applied to decorative textile surfaces. Named after morning glory blossoms, Calystegia consists of family of parametrically calibrated components that vary in geometry in order to facilitate various degrees of porosity. Two systems of overlaid apertures emerge across the aggregate surface: one as a result of the embedded geometries of the individual components, and another, based on the gradated splitting of the seams between the components that occurs from material draping. These consequences are recorded digitally and form the basis for a series evaluative physical models produced through digital 3D printing. Through this process, we are interested in exploiting that which emerges between the digital and the material – behavior, form, effect, sensation. The feedback that occurs between computation and materialization informs the potential for broader application of the architectural strategy.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
iS: The work of artists Jim Hodges and James Welling; Petra Blaisse textiles and prints; Sadie Winslow’s snapshots of Puerto Rico flora, Susan Yelavich’s lecture “Petrified Curtains, Animated Architextiles”
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
iS: Recent albums by Neon Indian, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Caribou; Tangerine Dream’s Rubycon; Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’eclisse; The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol.1 and 2; Elizabeth Grosz’s Chaos, Territory, Art; György Kepes’s Vision + Value book series.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
iS: Elegant Embellishments, Loop.pH, Neri Oxman, Joris Laarman, formlessfinder, Ivana Franke.
Project assistants: Gian Calaci and Greg Arcangeli