University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Tom WISCOMBE.
assistant instructor: Ryan MACYAUSKI.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Michael KIPFER & Eric WONG: Our project is executed with two chunky and strong figures: a large jack and a slightly manipulated cube.
When squished into and out of each other, and with the addition of an interior liner, these objects allow us to achieve vast interiorities and surprising interstitial spaces all contained within a strong silhouette. In order to lend an overall visual coherency to the project, we employed the operations of squishing, nestling, and slicing. Slicing, in particular, was pivotal in re-defining a clean exterior silhouette. It also allowed us to open up the large, semi-enclosed interior space, which is defined by the imprint of the jack on the liner.
In some areas, the large jack’s profile can be read squishing against the cube from inside, but always maintaining its own profile. In other areas, it is fully exposed. Elsewhere inside, smaller nestled jacks have been squished from the inside and outside giving us spaces defined by the imprint of an object. Sometimes we are left with only the void, as the jack has been tossed out and the object is no longer present.
The overall result is an entirely new object that is comprised of several objects existing in dialogue and in tension—not totally unified, yet not entirely discrete.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
MK & EW: Graham Harman; Chris Farley; comic book graphics; Jeffrey Kipnis; LACMA; Gordon Bunshaft’s Beinecke Rare Book Library; previous LACMA proposals by Peter Zumthor, Steven Holl, and Rem Koolhaas; Frank Gehry’s DZ Bank Building; Sylvia Lavin; Robert Somol; and John Lautner.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
MK & EW: Reading: Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia; Graham Harman, “The Road to Objects”; Jeffrey Kipnis, “Towards A New Architecture”; Tom Wiscombe, “Discreteness, or Towards a Flat Ontology of Architecture”; and Robert Somol, “12 Reasons to Get Back in Shape.” Watching: Tommy Boy, starring Chris Farley.
EW: Listening to: Justin Bieber; Major Lazer; Calvin Harris; Friendly Fires; Clean Bandit; Jessi J; and DJ Will Automagic.
MK: Listening to: Eric singing out loud at his desk.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
MK & EW: Ali Rahim, Matias del Campo, Thom Mayne, Simon Kim, Ferda Kolatan, Jeanne Gang, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Mark Foster Gage, Bot and Dolly, Snohetta
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