Beyond Kinetic Architecture: From Movable Structures To Vibrant Matter
Karmen works on the crossroads between design, architecture, art and science. Her research focuses on new materials, sonic gesture, design methods and enactive experience, resulting in projects ranging from haptic interfaces for stroke rehabilitation to responsive urban installations. By introducing interactive technologies into architecture and public space, Karmen’s works aim to engage participants/inhabitants/citizens in social interaction and physical exploration of their surroundings. They have been presented at Ircam/Centre Pompidou (Paris), SF Cameraworks (San Francisco), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo(Torino), Bienal Miami + Beach, Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana), Far Eastern Memorial Foundation (Taipei) and others. Continue reading
Matter as Substance of Utopia
The lecture will focus on the latencies and potentials of materials and especially on the term of processmatter and the „not-yet-being“ (In-Möglichkeit-Seiendes) developed by Ernst Bloch. Roman Kirschner will show examples of his artistic work in the field of audiovisual scultptural art and dive into the dialogue with matter that was necessary to realize them. Continue reading
After a general day of introduction into the subject, the team of students are split into several groups where each group work with one material: electroactive polymers, electroluminescence, dye-sensitized solar cells and bioplastics. Every team work independently, experimenting with their material and improving their skills. Continue reading
New visions for architecture and urbanism were often accompanied or driven by radical technological developments or material innovations. However the knowledge of the master builders, who not only designed the buildings but also invented tools to process these materials, was linking a universal experience in construction with a deep understanding of physical materiality. Continue reading
Dimension, information and material
Noiz architects, founded by Keisuke Toyoda and Jia-Shuan Tsai is a Tokyo based firm that is at the forefront of computational design in Asia. This lecture will present their vision and their most recent projects.
27.03.2012 16:00 HIL E3
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Phototrophic is an autonomous interactive installation, that is comprised of electroactive polymers (EAP), electolunminescence foils (EL), dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and bioplastics. The focus of this project was to make a self sufficient architectural composition from the above materials, that we customly produced following a simple set of instructions.
Material availability – the explosion of materials – the search for construction that is appropriate to materials – no longer boiled,
refined, concentrated, arduous, cleansed – materials are being thought up and made, drawn from the earth, in controlled processes. The most explicit manifestation of this is found in doping, the deliberate adding of impurities – materials achieve what we’ve never been able to achieve through continuities: they turn sunlight into electricity, they glow, shine, gleam, oscillate, move, see, smell, hear, sound, absorb, concentrate, switch, operate logically… simply because we’ve coded them, doped them.
This module conveys, by way of exercises, the methods of material doping. What we are looking for are material constructions which articulate these constructed material properties into new kinds of constructions. Processing, wiring, CNC production.