Architect and designer Joseph Choma of Design Topology Lab, a research platform dedicated to the ontology of space defined by mathematics, is the recipient of the 2013 Emerging Voices citation from the AIA Atlanta. As part of the award, Joseph has created a solo-exhibition at the Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, “Object to Atmosphere,” containing a body of work which lies at the intersection of perception and computation. Perceptually, the work investigates ideas of boundaries, thickness, texture, optical illusion and the transformation of an object state to that of an atmosphere.
Computationally, the exhibit showcases his research into mathematics which projects a framework to utilize equations as a design tool, while simultaneously acting as a critique of digital tools—which he argues can be deterministic with their complex, symbolic, “black box” heuristics. Currently, he is writing the first design guide to mathematical transformations to be published by Laurence King Publishing in February 2014.
The largest piece within the exhibition is Choma’s second inhabitable drawing installation, “BOUNDARIES 02,” a 20′ x 16′ drawing which climbs a vertical wall while extending across the floor. The drawing is mathematically generated by spiraling and thickening a sphere with trigonometric transformations. Physically, the drawing was fabricated by utilizing a 5-axis CNC as a drawing machine. The machine slowly scratched tens of thousands of lines at a depth of .02″ into ten 4′ x 8′ black painted medium density fiberboard panels. The inhabitable drawing questions what it means to draw and experience a drawing.
About Emerging Voices:
Emerging Voices is an annual citation awarded to individuals and firms with a distinct “voice” who demonstrate the potential to influence architecture and design within the Atlanta metropolitan area. Since 2001, the juried series has provided a public forum for the exhibition of early-career local architects and designers and encouraged the exchange of ideas among young practitioners and the public.