suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Isaie BLOCH / Eragatory: This project investigates the formation of classical column orders through asymmetry and subverted ornamental logics, looking at how local unrelated deformations within a homogeneous massing can interact and develop spatial heterogeneity.
Historically a few topological and topographical characteristics are key for the formation of column orders. Symmetry as an overall feature, heavy non detailed bases, orthogonal vertical ornaments on the shaft emphasising its verticality and a highly ornate capital with a completely different formation logic. As per se the column can be considered as a heterogeneous object with local parameters. Its heterogeneity does not only apply conceptually but is rooted as well in its construction process that used to be dictated by tooling limitations.
This proposal does not start with the idea that a column is heterogeneous from the start. On the contrary, it starts from a homogeneous rectangular prism. By applying different local deformations and emphasising some of the ornamental effects through material use, disorder is generated which by itself defines and embellishes the column order with an elaborate system of ornament. By doing so spatial heterogeneity is reached by surface deformation instead of volumetric aggregation. Using CNC milling as a subtractive digital fabrication method, it still relies on a similar building logic but with a higher level of precision and control necessary for the execution of this complex geometry.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
IB: Bartlett GAD; Bartlett Unit 20; Gilles Retsin; deskriptiv; Roland Snooks; and Tom Wiscombe.
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