suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Eugene KOSGORON & Evelina SAUSINA: Fractal Projections is a play on the idea of the cube broken in space to create an interlocking grid system that follows a linear deformation, allowing them to break from the norm grid behavior into a family of fractal surfaces. Audience is meant to circulate the space to discover the projections that is composed from a series of smaller cubes that houses these fractal surfaces. Fractal Projections pays homage to architecture and how SCI-Arc Alumni have transformed the school over the 40 years.
The concept is imitated by a cube, tribute to architecture and it’s primitive geometric beginnings. Together, they create a highly animated effect, alternately shimmering with light or reflecting it as one walks throughout the space. The surfaces follow a linear deformation, where individual pieces are re-aligned to present multiple distorted views. The surfaces represent SCI-Arc individuals and their influence on architecture. Individually, these surfaces (Alumni) redefine the spatial idea of a cube. Together, they create a highly animated effect, alternately shimmering with light or reflecting as one walks throughout the space. Fractal Projections focus on creating multiple views of the cube in a spatial configuration that is tangible and yet evokes the ethereal.
The inspiration behind this installation originated from traditional Eastern European craft. The cubes are fragmented in modular units that can be reconfigured in multiple ways with only two variations in tube structure length. The materials that form the surfaces are Tyvek and reflective film. The overall geometry has four flat surfaces made of Tyvek that serves as “canvas” to depict Alumni work. The other faces are a matrix of surfaces that change in orientation and material behavior. The lightweight modules are composed of two main components that suspend in space using fishing wires. This dual intention engages an active audience and provides clean surfaces for projective mapping.
Fractal Projections encourages the audience to activate the space by exploring the multiple views to set the project’s tectonics into motion. They can walk on the perimeter to view the canvases, or enter the crease to find themselves in an immersive environment, that is made of a blend of faceted translucent and mirroring surfaces. Fractal Projections creates a constant shift in figuration, where the audience can read the projections clearly in some moments and be distorted while moving from one point of view to another. This allows the audience to become both the spectator and performer in a heterogeneous space defined by qualities and intensities rather than rigid boundaries of a cube.
Competition commenced: March 25
Competition completed: April 11
Client: Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) Alumni Committee
Location: DownTown Los Angeles Artwalk Exhibit at Farmers and Merchants Bank
Address: 401 S Main St, Los Angeles,CA 90013
Design Architects: Eugene Kosgoron and Evelina Sausina
Design Team: Bryant Suh, Sandra Cassou, Alex Dahm, Gonzalo Padilla, Wang Chia Min, Jose Sanchez, Monica Mader, Feng Chuchen, Jeff Morrical, Phil Olson, Sommayaeh Razamatti, Lilliana Castro, Oleg Korchinski, Cristina Toth, Ken On Do
Structural Engineer: Stephen Lewis & Stan Su
Lighting Designer: Dan Weinreber
Photography: Michael Yates, Jansen Teo, Bryant Suh