“The desire to have a technologically empowered environment—one where change is both appreciable and responsive as to elicit human reaction—has produced architectural design production that is wide-ranging. And it is not a new desire. Sometimes the impulse results in schemes impossible to fashion with present technologies. However, the state of architectural design education is a less exuberant one, for reasons necessarily defensible and frequently eclipsed. This is the basis on which education has witnessed a break in its many trajectories—of autonomy, geometry, typology, and technology—to the succession of technology above all else. . . .”
The Immersive Kinematics Group at PennDesign presents a culmination of semester-long research between two overlapping, but never same-set domains: Art and Design. Steven and Billy Dufala have worked with Simon Kim to produce a show called Nervous Matter, discussing machines in architecture and working with the idea of design agency among humans and reactive materials to create a new medium of design—exhibiting traits of interaction and charm. Nervous Matter has been supported by the RAIR program at Revolution Recovery.
“Nervous Matter: Collaborative Explorations of Interactive Shelters and Reclaimed Materials” with the Dufala Brothers & Immersive Kinematics Group
5.00–8.00 pm / Project Space, Philadelphia Traction Co
4100 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Immersive Kinematics is a unique research group focusing on integrating robotics, interaction, and embedded intelligence in our buildings, cities, and cultures. Directed by Simon Kim and Mark Yim, IK is a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania schools of Engineering and Design, teaming architecture and engineering students in mechatronic projects. Recent collaborations include Technology in Shakespeare, Unethical Machines, a PS1 pavilion, and a Cyborg Ballet.
simon KIM & mark YIM, “Engineering Architects”
6.00 pm / Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Simon KIM talks about machine learning, modular robotics, rethinking Loos’s Raumplan, “retroactive futures,” and more.
immersive kinematics group
professors simon KIM and mark YIM
reception at 6pm saturday may 7th
SINErgy Project Space+Gallery
2310 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19133