suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
joseph CHOMA, Design Topology Lab: In linguistics, a boundary is anything that defines a limit. Numerically, it may be straightforward to determine a boundary, however, perceptually it is often more ambiguous and subjective. This installation challenges fixed preconceptions of what it means to draw and experience a drawing. The drawing itself is computationally generated using a thickening trigonometric transformation. As the sphere thickens over a series of recursions its geometry begins to mediate between multiple envelopes. The sphere no longer has one boundary but rather has multiple boundaries.
Typically a drawing is at a scale which can be held in the hands of an observer, but this drawing is significantly larger. At 26’ x 13’ the drawings fills a vertical wall while extending onto the floor. It is no longer an objectified element on the wall with defined boundaries, but rather is the wall and floor. The 450 tiles which compose this installation define a cubic space, while the drawing on its surface portrays the sphere thickening from an object state, to that of an atmosphere. The drawing creases at the center radius of the sphere. A three dimensional illusion emerges as individuals inhabit the drawing. It is no longer enough to have one’s eye move across the drawing, the observer’s themselves must walk, bend and alter their posture.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
jC: Mathematics, more specifically trigonometric transformations.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jC: Reading: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; Listening: Bernard Parmegiani.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jC: Artists: Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Tomas Saraceno; Architects: SANAA, Ensamble Studio, NADAAA; Researchers: Theo Jansen, Erik Demaine and MIT Computation Group.
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