suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
bika REBEK: STIP is a collaboratively developed installation during the summer 2012 in New York City. The over five meters tall structure is made out of ropes and pipe insulation. Over the summer several events were held where Stip was slowly growing, becoming denser and more compressed over time. A simple framework of tensioned ropes between floor and second level was the point of departure. Participants were given no instructions, they could play and experiment with about two hundred pipes and cable binders available at the events.
A pliable, soft and erratic structure emerged that forms a nest-like environment and protected space on the rooftop. The installation questions the top-down design and digital methodologies of contemporary architecture practice. Curated and edited by a tech-savvy crowd, this is an analogue interpretation of digitally grown sensibilities.
stip — (Latin: compress, compressed, to press together, to pack; related to: stalk, log, stock, trunk of a tree)
sP: What or who influenced this project?
bR: Home Depot, Canal Lighting & Parts, Pearl Paint.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
bR: Reading Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Mark Foster Gage’s Aesthetic Theory; listening to the DJs that were playing at the parties when we built Stip; especially Eric Mendenhall and Greg Packett.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
bR: The intricate rococo gypsum castings by Izzi Galindo and Cezar Nicolescu, Brian Deluna.
Additional credits and links:
Collaborators: Damjan Minovski, Matt Choot, Sonya, Gustav Kalm, Maja Ozvaldic, and everyone who came to the events and made it happen.