Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Critic: Andrew SAUNDERS.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Graham BILLINGS: “Normative Fluidity” is a museum extension that explores the process of transposition between a series of light studies, diagrammatic implications of the “affect,” and their resultant three-dimensional forms and spaces. Diffraction of light through water is known as caustics; a process that was coupled with a camera obscura during my initial research.
These light studies can be diagrammed with involute lines that generate governing geometries amplifying spatial expression and also compartmentalize space for programmatic elements. Through these spatial transpositions, the proposal mitigates the orthogonal forms found in the existing museum and its context, while respecting the initial light studies.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
GB: Naum Gabo, UNStudio’s Burnham Pavilion, Preston Scott Cohen, and SANAA.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
GB: Listening to Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Empire of the Sun.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
GB: Neri Oxman and UNStudio.
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