AAC: Tongji University/USC
critic: Roland SNOOKS.
This workshop, taught at Tongji University in Shanghai as part of USC’s American Academy in China (AAC) program, explored techniques for reifying algorithmic Fibrous Assemblages into physical material.
Fibrous Assemblages are algorithmic design strategies for encoding agent behaviors within strands. It is the non-linear interaction of these strands that generate complex order and emergent effects. Three fabrication techniques were tested within the workshop: strands embedded within fiberglass surfaces, strands woven into topological surfaces, and strands embedded within milled surfaces. The intention of these simple prototypes was to test the feedback between algorithmic and material behaviors and to explore the often messy or strange characteristics of the physical prototypes that exceed the digital.
Instructor: Roland Snooks
Students: Connor Wingfield, Anirudh Dhawan, Wang Chen, Tiffany Yu-Ting Cheng, Xiaotian Gao, Xian Hu, Jiejun Li, Huaiming Liao, and Heli Zhang.