advisors: cecil BALMOND & ezio BLASETTI
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:
mark KOWALYOV & ZHU teng fei: Whilst walking the expansive arid flatlands of the Outback one could be consumed by the banality, the repetitive flat nature which starts to read as one solid block of rock, the only reprieve is the occasional flora, the gradual hills at points, but overall a consuming monotonous landscape. But when you kneel down, and look at the earth beneath you, you see the cracks and creases of the rock, you begin to pick at it, and you realise how soft the earth really is, and the possibilities of exposing the strataforma which lays beneath.
It is with careful precision we can scrutinize the cracks of the solid, to chip away at the weaknesses of the strataforma, and to explore and exploit, not by hacking away mindlessly but by slicing with determination.
The eroded strataforma which has been sliced and re-read repeatedly to a point that the erosion spreads not just vertically but horizontally across the strataforma, eating away then re-reading to a point that the scenario itself becomes a crack in the earth, which will give way to the brutal shift of the earth and collapse in upon itself, becoming a new threshold to be investigated, and to be liquefied.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mK & Ztf: Projects previously undertaken by students as part of (n)certainties studio held by Francois Roche, Francois himself, and through out our design project we were receiving critique from Gwyllim Jahn, along with guest crits from Roland Snooks, Ezio Blasetti, Tom Kovac, Tim Schork, Dave Pigram and Pia Ednie-Brown. Furthermore strong inspiration was found in “The Story of the Butcher” by Chuang Tzu
What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mK & Ztf: The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman; Dr.Dre, Black Keys, and Metallica; Adventure Time.
Whose work is currently on your radar?
mK & Ztf: Roland Snooks, Dave Pigram, R&Sie, Philip Beesley, X-TU Architects.