Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
critics: Anastasios TELLIOS & Vasilis CHLOROKOSTAS
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Stratis GEORGIOU: “Reef\” introduces the creation of an “artificial” ecosystem implemented to a “natural” one, speculating on the natural/artificial dipole rapture. Possibly situated in highly polluted sea areas, this “artificial” reef – a rather simple structure, consists of a horizontal grid and nets hanging from it, further claded with bio-synthetic corrodible material – aims to the ecosystem’s regeneration and retriggering, providing vital sources and proper conditions for the sea flora and fauna and at the same time functions as a filter, absorbing toxicants and pollutants.
As part of the two-day workshop “ArchiTextures”, which was introduced by Vasilis Chlorokostas, and whose theme was the introduction to the manipulation of mesh geometries by subdividing algorithms and the “emergence” of unpredictable outcomes through these phenomenally “deterministic” logics, Reef\ further speculates the uncertain formal evolution of this “artificial” reef at a further, corroded state, affected by and affecting the “natural” sea ecosystem.
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
SG: WHATever and WHOever questions, changes and mutates the structures around us and furthermore, the considerations of “natural,” “articifial/cultural,” and “life”
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
SG: Readings Log 25, “Reclaim Resi[lience]stance//… R2”; The Embodied Mind by Francisco Varela and Evan Thompson; How We Became Posthuman by Katherine Hayles; The Exploit: A Theory of Networks by Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker. Listening to sounds, music, noises. Watching my laptop screen and design applications mostly.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
SG: R&Sie(n), Vasilis Chlorokostas, Marjan Colletti, Biothing, Alisa Andrasek, Jose Sanchez, Usman Haque, Alessio Erioli