Spring 2014 Visual Studies Seminar
critic: M. Casey REHM
The “Fat and Filigree” seminar explored a series of operations which forced students to engage the codification design and disciplinary intent at the local level.
Over the course of the semester students developed techniques which conflated the production complex scripted machines with explicitly modeled and analysed figures to enforce the notion of the autonomous machine as an extension and amplifier of the designers mind.
The initial studies of the course forced students to codify “incidental” geometric and color relationships in precedent paintings into multi-agent simulation behaviors. These systems were evaluated towards their effectiveness in the production of 2D graphic compositions which exposed eccentric stylistic traits while engaging issues of emergent composition.
The remainder of the semester extended theses systems into three dimensional form generators which engaged simultaneously developed explicit figures whose geometries derived from an understanding of the relationship between interior and exterior envelopes in baroque chapels. Particularly students attempted to use these systems to destabilize the thickness of the poche in their explicit figures and imply envelope and spatial organization through an accumulation of ornamental density, while blurring proto-architectural hierarchies through non-indexical reapplications of their 2D graphic generating systems.
These exercises exposed the students to thinking of algorithmic systems as extensions of their interests as designers and not as external or a priori tools for the production of mimetic architecture.