suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
mike MCKAY: Assistant Professor, Michael McKay, taught a PERFORMA workshop at Lund University, School of Architecture, Department of Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics in Sweden. The two week workshop was part of a semester long studio, directed by Abelardo Gonzalez, composed of visiting guest professors.
During the workshop students physically tested simple units and semi-finished materials to unveil their performative characteristics and limitations. These limitations were then negotiated through rigorous digital and physical techniques to produce strategies of fabrication. This process allowed a complex system to emerge from a single unit’s combinatory characteristics. In this way, a great deal of variation and spatial affect was created through an extremely efficient and simple aggregate.
The workshop ended with a full-scale installation and exhibition in the Lund University, School of Architecture’s gallery.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
mM: Ongoing material and systems investigations as well as the PERFORMA research studio.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mM: Interviews with Francis Bacon , The Whitest Boy Alive, Phoenix, Frontline
Bujar Abazaj, René Andersson, Oskar Edström, Jonas Ersson, Per Hallström, Sara Hellgren, Sofia Kanerud, Svante Karlsson, Mattias Lindskog, Fredrik Petersson, Hillevi Olsson, Andreea Marcu, Marta Nestorow, Tomas Ramstrand, Erik Revellé, Lucy Roth, Lina Salomonsson, Matilda Schuman.
*Special thanks to Gareth Lewis, Peter Lövendahl and TetraPAK