Exhibited at Beijing Design Week 2012
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
daniel GILLEN (DGD): PERFORMANCE RE-IMAGINED is a series of investigations questioning what constitutes performance of the modern age. Who is the performer, and what is performed? Who is voyeur what is their role in performance? Can a singular volume adapt to alternate performances? These inquiries challenge the architectural paradigm of performance space.
Parametric utilities allow for the rapid modification of architectural language, thus allowing Designers to test geometrically diverse situations and cyclically design both ‘per-form’ and ‘per-formance’. This series gives the voyeur a peek at ‘process as product’. Differentiated geometries paired with distinct color variants, while concurrently minimizing design variables, created exponential varieties of environments. Here are three.
LOVE SLUT: Look, but don’t touch.
PANTHEON: No photos please.
52 KEYS: Play it, or weigh it.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
dG: People who don’t give a *&$#, young unknown and fearless designers who are creating design instead of talking about it, my friends, colleagues, and my students who are continually charging design and keeping me hungry, and of course, the hope that someone will be inspired by my designs enough to take on the challenge of building them.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dG: Writing my words on the utilization of parametric processes as versioning tools. Listening to my Mom, telling me to design what makes me happy; Mickey Avalon; Soul Coughing; Jay-Z; lostprophets; Beastie Boys; Funeral for a Friend; old school hip-hop.
Watching trees sway, birds fly, and sun shine—mother nature’s design.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
dG: Nikko Hurtado (Tattooist), Joshua Davis (Digital Artist), Geoff Mann (Sculpture), Chaleo Yoovidhya (Super Brand Creator), 15 year old Tibetan Thangka painters, and all my friends and fans who are far more talented than I am.
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Special thanks to: Philipp Ohnesorge for his special effects work, LCD Beijing for exhibiting the work.
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