suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
kathryn McKENZIE & sarah PAPADOPOULLOS: The scenario describes a situation of remote, dangerous and extreme Austarlian bush living: survival and sustainability in a remote location requires new innovations in biological and robotic mechanical systems. These systems are developed in direct response to the found substances and characteristics of the site itself.
The parasitic mechanism is proposed to continuously seek and harvest substances from the surrounding native trees – Banksia Serrata- in order to survive and continue a physical growth.
A new organic polymer-based composite material created through the coagulation of starch and sap create different densities as it grows and decays allowing for structural support and elastic flexibility.
A cycle of life and death runs fluidly through both the site and the mechanisms life span: decaying and regenerating itself, ever searching for new nutrient and material providing zones. Without the the liquid life source of the surrounding trees the mechanism would not succeed yet, whilst seeking to create new form, the parasite aids in the death of the site.
A low intensity terra forming emerges for potential habitation, this environmental womb is an experiment on the human condition in this new state of existence. Life will be dictated by the nurturing of the natural environment, the sacrifice of the trees is paramount to the existence of the geometry.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
kM & sarahP: Francois Roche and Gwyllim Jahn, with contributions from Roland Snooks and Camille Lacadee. Tumours, parasites, banksia trees, and experimenting with melted/hardened marshmallows and toffee.
What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
kM: Listening to: Bon Iver, Yann Tierson’s Skyline and anything Nick Diamonds; Reading: Haruki Murakami, Le Petit Prince, Book of Longing (Cohen), and McSweeny’s Internet Tendency; Watching: Sneaking in episodes of Game of Thrones.
sarahP: Listening: Ratatat; Reading: Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near.
Whose work is currently on your radar?
kM & sarahP: Supermanoeuvre, Kokkugia, Minifie van Schaik, Suppose Design Office.
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