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  • Spitting Images

    Laura BAO, Ioanna GEORGITSOPOULOU, Jeff WAGNER, & Eddie WINN, "Spitting Images." Detail.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc, ESTm
    critic: Peter TESTA.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Laura BAO, Ioanna GEORGITSOPOULOU, Jeff WAGNER, & Eddie WINN: Spitting Images investigates the role of the “image” in representation, design, and fabrication.

    Often, the term image is assumed to mean a flattened copy. As the gap between digital and physical realms continues to narrow, new techniques of representation must be considered, bringing the role of the image into question. Image-based design and fabrication instantiates a new role for the image, alleviating it from the assumption of existing as a mere copy. In this project, the image is used as a tool, a method of translating between realms. Merging digital abstractions with physical, material agencies offers new ways to visualize and design.

    In order to establish a conceptual framework, the project is developed with reference to Mies van der Rohe’s Toronto Dominion Centre. Working within the bounding box of one of the towers, the project seeks to redevelop the spatial characteristics of the existing condition. The grid is seen as a Euclidean construct, employed to facilitate an understanding our environment. This project suggests an intervention upon the existing grid, in which a new spatial organization is created as result of the interaction between existing conditions, applied forces, and material agency.

    Custom workflows were designed to choreograph the merging of computational information and physical materials. Digital information extracted from various forms of imagery are translated into 3-D motion tool paths, which become instructions for robotic implementation. Through synchronous robotic motion paired with additive fabrication techniques, it was possible to emulate and alter the effects of applied forces acting upon the existing tower. Constant translation between digital, image, and physical resulted in novel techniques of mixed-reality modeling and visualization.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    LB, IG, JW, & EW: Mario Carpo, Greg Lynn, Anthony Vidler, and Jean Baudrillard.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    LB, IG, JW, & EW: Listening to Emancipator, Bonobo, and Dub INC.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    LB, IG, JW, & EW: SHoP, nArchitects, and Snohetta.

    Additional credits and links:

    critic: Peter TESTA.
    Robot House support: Jake NEWSUM, Curime BATLINER, & Uriel LOPEZ.

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