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  • Whiteout

    Open Source Architecture, "Whiteout."
    montreal CANADA; st. louis MISSOURI; tel aviv ISRAEL

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Open Source Architecture (Chandler AHRENS, Eran NEUMAN, & Aaron SPRECHER): Whiteout explores the idea of difference and singularity through the process of embedding disparate geometries and objects under a homogenous white skin.

    The perception of difference is transformed when multiple unique geometries push and deform the surface while the white elastic skin attempts to pull the parts back into a cohesive singular object. The deformed white surface starts to white-out the objects underneath by reducing clarity similar to overexposure in photography. The push and pull on the surface discuss the simultaneously opposing and sympathetic nature of forces on the object. The process of embedding a series of geometries into a surface requires that the form of the skin is deeply affected by stretching, warping, or displacement while the deformation of the surface produces space between the taught, flexible spandex skin in tension and the rigid wood and steel structure that pushes out the surface. The pliable skin and rigid structure each has physical properties that inform how the material acts in relations to other parts of the installation. Therefore, embedding as a design process simultaneously investigates the form and behavior of the objects and surface.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    Open Source Architecture: Circus tents, Toma Stenko, and Robert Irwin.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    Open Source Architecture: Reading: Architecture In Formation and Performalism: Form and Performance in Digital Architecture. Listening to: Purity Ring and Crystal Castles.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    Open Source Architecture: Greg Lynn YACHT and Achim Menges.

    Additional credits and links:

    Installation team: Dennis Freiberg, Joelle Ahrens, Tyler Bracht, Shelby Harris, Jared Monce.
    Special thanks to Joshua Coggeshall.

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