suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
nicolas PAPPAS, emily HO, karen WANG, & nathan KIATKULPIBOONE: Designed as part of the reKinetic exhibit displayed at Kennedy Library in San Luis Obispo, California, SWARMbrella explores the potentials of a kinetic skin developed through re-used objects. The concept of a swarm drove the design, as the movement of each module affects the behavior of its neighbors. Through the repetition of an individual module, the skin takes on properties that exceed the possibilities of any single unit. The surface can twist and turn, taking on countless forms without sacrificing structural rigidity.
Each module is created through the deconstruction and reconfiguration of an umbrella. By starting with a common object such as an umbrella, we could take advantage of its mechanical properties while questioning and redefining its function and behavior. The result is flexible skin that can adapt to its surroundings while causing us to rethink how we look at the everyday objects around us.
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
nP, eH, kW, & nK: Kinetic sculptures of Theo Jansen, persistent motivation of Thomas Fowler IV, sleep deprivation, and a broken umbrella on a rainy day.
What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
nP, eH, kW, & nK: Reading: Digital Fabrications by Lisa Iwamoto, Emergence by Steven Johnson; Listening: Drake, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z; Watching: Planet Earth, Archer.
Whose work is currently on your radar?:
nP, eH, kW, & nK: Ball-Nogues, Iwamotoscott, Haruki Murakami, metalab, Tom Wiscomb, p-a-t-t-e-r-n-s, Atelier Manferdini, Griffin Enright, Neil Denari, Oyler Wu.