critic: M. Casey REHM
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Yasamin FATHI & Palak MANDHANA: The project explores the aesthetic in terms of mass and figure or the subservient scale to the interface scale of architecture. It explores architecture generated through mediated perception of the context. The spaces formed are challenging and lack legible boundaries.
The idea was to develop the form by adding layers of intelligence to it. The hybrid assembly tends towards being formless yet having moments of clarity and figurative understanding.
The textures are pixels dense with information, employing digital media for form-making and adaptation. There is also interplay between static image and moving graphics as forms of media and temporal hierarchy. The observer becomes the participant by interacting with these patterns and explores new ways of seeking knowledge through social experience.
The drama between architecture and gravity is re-staged, but tectonic form is no longer the dominant hero. Instead, the louvers achieve an ambiguous equilibrium and generate permeability and connectivity. Neither vertical nor horizontal these linear elements deny the normal identification between pattern and vertical structural elements.
The form is massive and urban in terms of its dimension but also oscillates between its fragmented nature creating loose boundaries with its context. With the linear elements and moments of porosity it fluctuates between being massive and monolithic and fragmented and delaminated simultaneously.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
YF & PM: M. Casey Rehm.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
YF & PM: Reading David M. Berry et al, New Aesthetic, New Anxieties; Gilles Deleuze, Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation; and N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
YF & PM: N/A.