suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
INFRARED: Madren 5340 is a temporary installation designed and fabricated by infrared in the context of the platforma 1 exhibition, organized by arqlab and the Art|House gallery bar. The exhibition was on display from January 13th to 15th, 2012, in Thessaloniki, Greece. The theme of the exhibition was asking for proposals that would investigate the concept of private or personal space, like that of one’s own bedroom. Infrared focused on the idea of a filter the regulates what comes in and what stays out from such a personal space.
The idea of the filter was represented in space by a patterned surface. That surface/filter is regulating the amount of light that passes through it. The surface was made in its entirety out of paper tubes, creating this way a perforated ‘facade’ that played with the light and the visibility (or their absence).
The surface was generated algorithmically through an interpolation between several sine curves of different wave length and amplitude. The difference in the wave length resulted in a doubly curved surface that maximized, through its curvature and its footprint, the stability of the structure. The surface was then populated by the paper tubes that were positioned perpendicularly to its vertical direction. The solution was afterwards optimized for fabrication reasons. In effect, each paper-tube is becoming something between a voxel and a pixel: it is positioned in space trying to represent a thin volume that reads as a surface – the properties of the volex – while at the same time displays a certain intensity of light – the properties of the pixel. The aggregation of the tubes is approximating the curvature of the initial surface.
All the necessary information regarding the position of each tube and its relation to the neighboring elements was generated digitally. That information was subsequently exported in ‘assembly sheets’ that were used in order for the surface to be manually fabricated. The result of both the surface’s curvature and it’s hexagonal-like structure was a 3.5m height surface that was able to support itself.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
INFRARED: Eladio Dieste, Tara Donovan.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
INFRARED: Haruki Murakami, 1Q84; Madlib, Beat Konducta vol. 1–6.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
INFRARED: Anything that explores new directions for architecture and design beyond style.