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  • Tectonic Glitch

    Alexander Nikolas WALZER, "Tectonic Glitch."
    innsbruck AUSTRIA

    University of Innsbruck
    “FUNCTION|LESS,” X|Atelier workshop.
    critics: Erick CARCAMO & Nefeli CHATZIMINA.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Alexander Nikolas WALZER: Where as a “glitch” is usually a product of image-based manipulation done in post-processing, the objective of this project was to embed the “error” within the geometry. . . .

    Formation vs. Form
    Where as a “glitch” is usually a product of image-based manipulation done in post-processing the objective of this project was to embed the “error” within the geometry.

    Controversal to the idea of working with smooth surfaces and closed edges the speculation takes on the entropic aesthetics of broken meshes and (tessellation) artifacts.

    Starting with an initial approach to generate a faulty proxy unit, still undeterminable in scale and orientation, further experimentation continued in a bottom-up strategy based upon multiplication and transformation to obtain different densities within the entity. Space generated through the separation of mass; mass being produced by the densification of flat surfaces; surfaces resulting from corruption. Hence, malfunction becomes environment.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    ANW: Coastal cliffs of Italy, Norwegian glacial regions, and Iceland’s insane rock formations.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    ANW: Reading AD, listening to electronic music, and digging Vimeo.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    ANW: University of Innsbruck; AA; Bartlett; and SCI-Arc. Coop Himmelb(l)au; Kokkugia; LAAC Architects; Tobias Klein; François Roche; and Theodore Spyropoulos.

    Additional credits and links:
    Tectonic Glitch was developed over the course of one week, as part of the X|Atelier “FUNCTION|LESS” workshop at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

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