critic: M. Casey REHM.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Andrew CHEU & Omer PEKIN: Withdrawn is an attempt at producing and abusing an abstract machine in order to achieve a disillusion of hierarchies. . . .
The abstract machine serves as the driving force representing the core essence of not just a single operation, but an entire system. The machine encompassing a complex system of behaviors as well as ourselves is the source for which all emerging operations are derived from. The project aims to disassemble and abuse this machine in order to achieve a disillusion of hierarchies.
The relationship between exterior facade treatments massing techniques often set up a series of operations that find themselves locked into a hierarchical system. It is not uncommon for moves and steps within a project become indexical of a pattern allowing a striated reading of the project from outside in. In the process of attempting to exhaust the machine of its possible constructs, a point is reached where operations no longer are dependent on previous iterations, but become sourced and withdrawn from the base organizational system.
The project began with looking at treatments of apertures projected onto a mass, which led to the idea of lacerations was investigated as they are both applicable to exterior surfaces as well as a means of cutting for volumetric interiors. As the project developed, the interior quickly took influence from similar strategies first developed. Eventually the interior becomes so violent that it begins to disrupt the reading of the exterior. What begins as an a priori project gets lost through a corruption in this hierarchical system. Values are no longer privileged to certain qualities as hierarchies are collapsed. Species are not equal, but hold different intensities.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AC & OP: Deleuze and the “Abstract Machine,” and the idea of bodies emerging from systems of density.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
AC & OP: Reading: Gilles Deleuze, Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation; John Holland, Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity; and Timur Vermes, He’s Back (Er Ist Wieder Da). Watching: Her and Breaking Bad. Listening to: Gold Panda; Pretty Lights, “A Colour Map of the Sun”; and Wax Tailor.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
AC & OP: Isaïe Bloch/Eragatory, Gilles Retsin, Kokkugia, Hernan Diaz Alonso, and M. Casey Rehm.