Savannah College of Art and Design
critic: Jean JAMINET.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Zach BEALE: Atlanta is not solid. The city is a speculative exercise of numerous grafted architectural styles, for nearly two hundred years the city has established and destroyed itself time and time again, with no consistent or coherent pattern.
The result is a patchwork of time periods and styles, a set of histories, revealed in the current context of Atlanta’s architecture: multiple potential built environments, numerous speculative timelines occurring simultaneously. The architectural implications of such a supposition are fascinating, implying a formal heterogeneity reminiscent of the incongruity of Atlanta itself.
A pair of raw, concurrent objects are created, one nested inside of another wrapping object. These two establish a hardened pair of conditions, a set of pristine and whole geometries. These geometries enact a postural change, beginning to exhaust themselves both from their original posture and from each other, yielding to the potential of the void which will eventually serve to unground the objects entirely, and result in a final synthetic combination.
This void develops as a worming, sinuous space digging from within the volumes, eating at the wholeness of the objects by developing a network of tangled worm-spaces, understood as nemat spaces. The function of these spaces is a devastating linework, a nemat-function, whose paths can be traced between the concurrent pair as a continuous riveled space characteristically linked to the solid boundary of the raw wholes. These nemat spaces, at their full potential, leave nothing but hollow husks of geometry in their wake.
Deviations in the formative timelines of these nemat spaces and their respective impact on the raw geometries are allowed to finalize and are overlaid on top of each other, implying a duplicity of possibilities for each object, and between the two initial raw objects, yet another duplicity. This speculation on the formative timeline creates a parafictional scenario in which multiple outcomes are allowed to exist within the same time frame; a layering of multiple potential conditions.
These possibilities, when concreted into physical geometries, result in a fully synthetic set of objects, displaying their synthesis through a combination of high-fidelity and low-fidelity articulations: evidence of their formative deviations, and proof of their removal from nature, their artifice.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
ZB: Gabriel Esquivel’s T4T LAB Spring 2014;Gilles Retsin / Isaie Bloch UEL Unit 6 Exhibition; Danny Karas; and Michael Young.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
ZB: Reading: Ben Woodard, On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy; Gilles Deleuze, “The Exhausted”; Michael Young, “Parafictional Doubt”; Machines Are Digging; and Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia. Watching: Star Trek: The Next Generation and House of Cards. (It’s fascinating how Frank Underwood “ungrounds” the political system)
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
ZB: Gilles Retsin, Gabriel Esquivel, and Mark Foster Gage.