suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Francis BITONTI: Francis Bitonti Studio produced the Schistose Mirror for the Intersections Symposium at the New York City College of Technology in June 2012. The different geometric organizations carved into the relief to produce a landscape of perceptual effects. The Mirror is CNC cut from high-density urethane foam and finished with a black automotive finish and can be produced in about two weeks time. The automotive finish produces a variety of effects across the surface. The reflective surface allows the onlookers to project themselves into the ephemeral landscape. The viewer becomes the project, integrating perception and form.
Francis A. Bitonti, an architect/designer based in New York, founded Francis Bitonti Studio, formerly FADarch, in 2007. When Bitonti started his studio, he was very focused on process; he was interested in what the computer could do as a medium. Initially his work was about the research he was conducting: Bitonti was attempting to find new and novel formal arrangements through a medium he was fascinated with: the computer.
Today Francis Bitonti Studio produces novel spaces and products for galleries and corporations around the world. The studio is still deeply invested in the research and the integration of new technologies into architectural design and construction. The main focus is on algorithmic form generation, smart materials, and interactive environments. The use of animation programs mixed with algorithms creates the layers that are then fused together through computer-controlled methods of manufacturing. Francis Bitonti Studio developed its own proprietary design tools that create innovative geometric formations through this computer programming. Bitonti’s design process is a mixture of designer and technology. Forming collaboration between designer and artificial intelligence and creates the beautiful work that comes out of Francis Bitonti Studio.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
FB: Obsidian mirrors and self-portraiture.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
FB: Lots of Japanese horror movies.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
FB: Bart Hess, stelarc, Jason Hopkins, Patricia Piccinini, Hyungkoo Lee.
Additional credits and links:
Brian Ringley (Fabrication Consultation)