suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
ana maria BORJA + radha MISTRY: The design process began by examining various images of sea anemones and sea polyps, looking for moments of repetition, various patterns, and unique texture systems. Once these patterns were found, we explored means by which to simplify and abstract the form, devising a module that would react in a manner that was reminiscent of the behavior of the sea anemones in their natural environment, where the entity is under the influence of the constant ebb and flow of water.
Exploring this within the context of 3D printing, the challenge was to begin to reconstruct the module as a free-standing system that would remain intact and assembled without the use of additional epoxies or adhesive materials.
Projects were generated as a result of early explorations of digital fabrication techniques, specifically within the context of 3D printing and laser cutting; examining the role of digital fabrication methods, and their potential to inform the initial design process, rather than merely functioning as a means of representation for the “finished” product.
The objective was to take an identifiable element (such as fruit, a sea organism, etc) and abstract it in a manner that could then be translated as a physical model, exclusively through a digital fabrication process [taking into consideration available materials, methods, etc], while maintaining the essence of the original form.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aB+rM: sea organisms/ebb and flow patterns of water
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aB+rM: reading > Nature Design: From inspiration to innovation; Catalytic Formations; Digital Ground:Architecture, Pervasive Computing, and Environmental Knowing ; Society of the Spectacle, a lot of random design theory [rahim, tschumi, hashim sarkis, bruce mau, stan allen, marc augé, bergdoll, kwinter]
listening > radiohead, santigold, apparat, massive attack, harry potter books on tape, girl talk, yelle, temper trap, the knife
watching > archer, it’s always sunny in philadelphia, random TEDtalks, true blood
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aB+rM: nendo, NOUSgallery, anastasiya komarova, polynoid, anish kapoor, apologue, amanda levete, massimiliano fuksas, jason bruges, diller+scofidio renfro, christo+jeanne-claude, cecil kim, meso, klein-dytham, zaha hadid