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  • Piranesian Object


    college station TEXAS

    Texas A&M University
    critics: Adam FURE and Gabriel ESQUIVEL.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Matt WEST, Sophia KOUNTAKIS, Erin BIEDIGER, Reuben POSADA & Brooks VAN ESSEN: Our project is classified as a Piranesian object developed with (Mannerist) operations and generated by the Stamp.

    We began with an interest in (Mannerist) ideas of insertion, intersection, and interaction of spaces in plan. We investigated three canonical churches (Il Redentore, San Giorgio Maggiore, and Rainaldi’s Santa Maria in Campitelli) and observed how these operations (disjunction, striation and overlap) revealed or concealed themselves. This led to their dismantling and compilation into a historical data set of objects, and a reconstruction of a new plan-object that blurs the line between figure and ground.

    The items in Piranesi’s Campo Marzio are classified as either Autonomous Infill or Architectural Infill. But we see the plan-object as being both, as each part within the model was placed there intentionally just as Architectural infill is, yet at times these elements combine with others to generate secondary forms with a scalar hierarchy, or are subservient to another such piece in the vicinity. Just like the churches we studied, placed these objects offset from each other to create the same overlapping of spaces that we are interested in. In this way the plan-object creates its own ontology as it has no anthropocentric quality or use that can be perceived by a viewer. Our object is a thing which is totally removed from its source data, yet has a similar nature; a series of objects overlapped to create a new space. Operations of the Stamp act upon surfaces to create new conditions, on that surface and beneath it. And a space that is thoroughly labyrinthine, a strange extension of the disjunction of the source objects, where only a viewer of each plan and section could even hope to grasp its whole complexity. This hermitry of the object affirms its Architecture and its Autonomy while denying the metaphysics of presence.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    MW, SK, EB, RP & BVE: Piranesi, OOO, stamps, bas-relief, potatoes.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    MW, SK, EB, RP & BVE: Kanye West’s Life of Pablo and Frankie Cosmos.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    MW, SK, EB, RP & BVE: Florencia Pita, Jimenez Lai, Hume Coover Studio.

    Additional Credits/Links:

    instagram: @sophiakountakis , @jpg.erin , @matt_s_west , @gabriel_esquivel_pdel , @reubenposada