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  • Fuzzy Figures

    Fuzzy Figures
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critic: elena MANFERDINI

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    dave BANTZ: Singularity of mood or message can be dangerous for society. Allowing architecture to exude only one reading can erode a culture’s ability to grow, create, and tolerate change. This thesis attempts to shift from an architecture of meaning, to an architecture of interpretation, through the blurring, dissolution, and misrepresentation of the perception of an architectural figure.

    Innately, we hunt for patterns and recognizable figures in order to register and process our complex world, but when a figure is present yet dissolved we oscillate between the legible and the blurred, dissolved, or misrepresented. The breaking of the figural boundary of a form, regardless of how illusory, creates room for new interpretation. Incongruities in perception of a figure beget a simultaneity of moods, ranging from the visceral to the illusory, which produces a broader spectrum of effects.

    Architectural effects will be achieved through the implementation of pictorial techniques onto three-dimensional figures in attempt to create ethereal effects detached from any logic of causality. This approach favors ethereal atmospheres produced through the curation of surfaces, which in turn, curate moods and catalyze new interpretations. The further the effects is from its perceived causality the more affective potential it creates.

    Rather than taking the “true” or literal approach to materials towards the creation of effects, this thesis attempts to adopt techniques mastered by artists and apply them at an architectural scale. Material in art is often used as a representational device for effects and a gateway to sensation. Similarly, these techniques for the dissolution of figural perception aim to provoke sensation through the careful manipulation of texture, geometry, coloration, and finish in order to engender new and diverse interpretation.

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    • Dave Says:

      Thanks for voting everyone!

    • Mortal Kombat Says:

      Very interesting idea for a project, it’s a huge shame that this is so raw and in early stage of development, could be a big win once this is done. It is a very intriguing “sales” pitch for thesis prep, just missing all the work to prove/disprove the theory. Looking forward to see the complete thesis next year?

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