Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent
critics: Gilles RETSIN, Isaie BLOCH, Corneel CANNAERTS, & Jose SANCHEZ.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Marvin BRATKE, Jakub GROCHULSKI, Stefanie PESEL, Mikolaj SKIBISZ, & Christian TSCHERSICH: In a representation of a post-nuclear future Radio Nuclide, was implanted within a highly hostile space in an abandoned area near Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Part fungi, part mollusk, and part machine it intends to soak up the radiation and remove it from the irradiated cities, unifying with them in the process. The breeds of this species propose to amalgamate with and regenerate most of the now abandoned cities.
The project’s core set-up consists of a programmed definition of agents which begin expanding inside in a built structure. The agents breed three generations, one after another, when defined states of expansion are reached. All breeds trace their ancestors in a self-informing loop, that stops when all of them unify with their generators, culminating in a final state that deforms the implemented built geometry.
The workshop introduced an unorthodox, hands-on workflow based on the concept of Object-Orientated Design. OOD is a new paradigm in contemporary philosophy, physics, computer programming and critical theory and can be understood as the process of planning a system of interacting objects for the purpose of solving a specific problem. In contrast to contemporary thought and design, which views things as the aggregation or assembly of smaller bits and parts, in OOD new objects emerge out of an ecology of interaction of multiple and heterogeneous objects. Through a process of formation or computation, highly differentiated, contradictory concepts and structures can become one object, without resulting in an incongruous collage.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
MB, JG, SP, MS, & CT: N/A.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
MB, JG, SP, MS, & CT: Reading: Mark Foster Gage, Aesthetic Theory; Inside Smartgeometry. Listening to: Gesaffelstein; Stay+; Azealia Banks; and A.M.E.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
MB, JG, SP, MS, & CT: Kokkugia, Eragatory, Lava, Graft, John Klein, Chris Precht, Alexander Daxböck, and Yaohua Wang.