suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
glen j. SANTAYANA: In imagining the architecture of the future, I thought about the current trend that technology plays in our lives today, mainly referring to the heavy consumption of social media networks, status updates, and monitoring the latest trends. We are constantly plugged in; developing a relationship between ourselves, the viewing apparatus, and the virtual world. This perpetual fix to our device has generated a culture in which human qualities and interaction between one another have subsided and declined. As a result, I am interested in human qualities and its role in the architecture of the future through methods of emotional and sensorial inquiries.
The investigation began with the study of emotion not in its expression of happiness or sadness, but in its behavior and operation, and it is in the sensorial aspect that I am interested in how we perceive a space and how that space can change based on our sensory levels. The architecture of the future looks to challenge how our senses can begin to define, change, and create space, physically and cognitively.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
gS: Sights, Sounds, and Smells. Critics: Mariana Ibanez + Simon Kim. And countless conversations and discussions with Martha Santayana.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
gS: Reading Affective Computing by Rosalind Pickard and listening to random mash-ups.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
gS: Harvard GSD, HdeM, BIG, SDI, and Luxigon.