University of Kentucky College of Design (UK/CoD)
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Chico NICHOLS: Tangible Projection combines a tangible field condition of translucent strings at a variety of densities with an intangible two dimensional projection. The combination of the strings and the projection allow for the projection, until now a two dimensional medium, to manifest itself in three dimensions. The different densities of the strings create high density areas that act as a screen to catch the projection and are placed in combination with low density areas that allow a person to occupy the space of the projection.
The projection changes as one moves around the space, going from a clear image at a distance and distorting upon moving closer. The viewer is able to move around the strings of the projection which can be touched and viewed at multiple vantage points which offer different views of the projection. The high density strings which create the screen do not separate a person on the outside of the installation from one on the inside, but allow them to be connected through the projection on the screen. The silhouette of the person is transmitted to the screen allowing people to interact through the three dimensional projection. The space constantly changes as the projection changes and as the viewer moves around the installation, not only creating a dynamic interactive experience but pushing the boundaries of projection and transcending it into a three dimensional medium.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
CN: The project started as a material study during my professor, Akari Takebayashi’s architecture studio. There was a whole semester of work developing it into the building scale. After the studio, I continued the material study by scaling it up and testing the effect of the projection.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
CN: MC5’s Kick Out the Jams and Iggy Pop and The Stooges, good for long work days.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
CN: Studio Gang—I spent my spring break working in the office. The designs are geared to responsible buildings that give back to the environment and the users in a unique way. Also any precedents that can give me feedback on current projects that I am working on. Lots of research not on any particular office.
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Photography by Magnus Lindqvist with Glint Studios.
Special thanks to Akari Takebayashi.