suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Sift Studio/adam FURE: In this weekend-long workshop students mixed multiplicitous material narratives through the construction of heterogeneous, saturated objects. The material palette was foreign, forcing students to develop novel potentials out of seemingly strange matter. Initial experimentation focused on the material’s latent tendencies to aggregate (how it naturally bundles, bunches, bends, and folds for example). Students tested, recorded, and codified techniques of assembly—ultimately coercing the unwieldy matter into working systems of aggregation that were supported by designed substructures.
Avoiding a fundamentalist attitude towards the use of these materials, they were burnt, painted, smothered or otherwise manipulated in order to extend their qualitative effects. There were no material essences sought, only evocative textures, colors, and forms that offered up new associations and sensations.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
aF: Spanish moss, piles of dirt, wax, Roxy Paine, research I’ve been doing with students at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aF: I’ll just list my playlist for last few months…Ra Ra Riot, Class Actress, Chairlift, Little Dragon, Panda Bear, Youth Lagoon
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
aF: Jason Payne, Freeland Buck, LADG, Bittertang, Jimenez Lai, R&Sie, MoS
Additional credits and links:
Photos: Michael Haas
Instructional assistance: Aaron Willette
UK Faculty: Kyle Miller
Students: Joe Cavallo, Craig Chamberlain, Alex Culler, Patrick Davis, Matt Gannon, Brandyn Heyser, Ben Kolder, Laura Mattingly, Kyle McGrath, Kendall Latham, Brian Richter, Madelynn Ringo, Brad Ostendorf, Anne Schwab, Derek Taylor, Carrie Wahl