suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Flori KRYETHI: The TripTop is a research project that aims to problematize established contemporary perceptions on the dichotomy of skin and cloth as the two are recognized to maintain and further produce the primarily unconscious sensorial interface with the immediate environment.
Organically ambiguous, interlocking patterns aim to exhaust the anatomy of the human body with a minimum of skin covering and the least possible amount of additive substance—doing as much as possible with very little.
This resulted in a strategy that abandoned the essential functions of a piece of clothing as corporeal obstruction and development instead applied directly to the superfluous as a base for material buildup. The end result becomes a singular piece of pure, free-floating ornament in order to achieve multiple efficiencies.
When viewed from different angles, familiar features of skin like folds and surfaces deteriorate into an ambiguous whole in order to make one’s body foreign and thus more present to oneself and an observer. But this does not last long, so the idea of wearing the piece has to fluctuate between awareness and cognitive immateriality. Furthermore it was necessary that the whole piece adhere to the mass and silhouette of the body and achieve foreignness solely through fine detail.
The TripTop exploits recently developed elastic, 3d printable materials as a fabrication approach. Three unique but mutually continuous layers coalesce to generate a tactile depth and the precision of form and concept.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
FK: Peter Eisenman’s “Notes on Conceptual Architecture: Towards a Definition,” some of Iris Van Herpen’s work, Mark Fornes’s work, and Lebbeus Woods.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
FK: Reading: Eroticism by Georges Bataille; A Geography of Time by Robert Levine; The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch; and The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley. Listening to Exodromos by Wormed, Sprouted and Formed by Rawtekk, and many other things.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
FK: Ben Mauro, Makoto Sei Watanabe, Neil Denari, Tomasz Strzalkowski, and Neutelings Riedijk Architects.
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