suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
sasa ZIVKOVIC: Milieus and Algorithms examines the relationship between geometry generating algorithms and algorithm controlling milieus. Processing, an open software project developed by Casey Reas and Ben Fry at MIT Media Lab is used to establish a set of rules for growth and expansion of geometries (algorithms) while at the same time allowing to constantly alter the conditions which determine how geometries grow in real time (milieus).
Milieus and Algorithms studies the complexity of growing systems and their transforming part-to-whole relationships, re-imagining the relationship between geometry and milieu. This study is an abstract testing ground, pushing the limits of temporal relationships between architecture (geometry) and the environment/ecology. Milieus and Algorithms is an Independent Study project which was developed by Sasa Zivkovic and supervised by Joel Lamere at the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [Website: www.milieus-and-algorithms.org]
sP: What or who influenced this project:
sZ: Cybernetics by Norbert Wiener, Casey Reas and Ben Fry, Joel Lamere, a studio trip to the Galapagos islands.
sP: What were you reading/listening/watching while developing this project?
sZ: On Growth and Form by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, On the origin of species by Charles Darwin, Cybernetics by Norbert Wiener, Processing by Casey Reas and Ben Fry; Mando Diao, The Libertines, Fm Belfast, Babyshambles, Franz Ferdinand, Paul Kalkbrenner; Big Bang Theory, Stalker by Andrei Tarkovski.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
sZ: William O’Brien jr., Liam Young, R&Sie(n), David Gissen, Slavoj Zizek, Peter Sloterdijk, and Bruno Latour.