A1: 2D to 3D
For A1: 2D to 3D, you will be creating a representational paper sculpture using 1 or 2 sheets of black 8.5”x11” card stock provided by the sculpture department. The following are project requirements:
1) You may choose any existing object you think of to model your sculpture after. The focus of the project is not to create a stylized version of this object, but rather will try to accurately represent it.
2) You must use the entirety of 1 or 2 black card stock sheets. No part of the sheets can be cut away and discarded.
3) No adhesives or binding materials can be used–only folds, cuts, and tucks.
4) You will create an accompanying 1:1 diagram on white 8.5x11” sheet(s) that details the manipulations you performed on your sheet of card stock in order to create your sculpture. Include a key for your manipulations (ie, solid line = fold; dashed line = cut). The purpose of this document is to create a complete guide that, when handed to a stranger, would instruct them on how to re-create your sculpture.
Reflect on our discussion of Vilem Flusser’s concept of 'Non-Things'. Is it possible to formally experiment within this category? Perhaps by creating an 'object' that is pure information and exists in an environment that is "becoming ever softer, more nebulous, more ghostly”?
Using the Fusion360 Sculpting tools we explored in class and reflecting on information, objects and some forms you’ve seen on Artbreeder.com, create a form in response to Flusser’s concept.
A3.2: Liminal Spaces
Download your fellow classmates 1-1 models of their rooms, and upload all of them, along with your own, into a single new file. Using the tools we have covered in class and select downloads of available models, create a cohesive architectural design that connects all of the rooms together within a ‘network of rooms’. Your design does not have to be feasible in the real world or follow the rules of physics–it can be a complete fantasy.
Considering the following questions as your sketch out your design:
Will you use a unified strategy or design principle to connect them?
Are there examples that exist in the real world that you could draw from?
How might your network make use of existing architecture such as doors or windows?
What geometries might you use?
What is the overall shape of the network of rooms once connected?
How might you consider horizontality/verticality?
Reflecting on the design principles introduced in Week 2, deconstruct and reconstruct found (and provided) objects into a new, original lamp “assemblage”. Each lamp will be built around a provided standard clamp light, of which all parts must be used. In addition, your project should integrate the parts of at least 3 other objects. Your lamp will be constructed without adhesives: just re-purposed joinery (ie. screws, nuts, bolts) and zip ties.
A3.3 Project Assignment: Dream House
Reflect on our studies of ‘Affective Architecture’, including 1) Bachelard’s discussion of the daydreams, memories, and our psychological experiences attached to different aspects of our homes and 2) Flusser’s proposal for a new type of architecture
Design a Dream House: a building or network of buildings that is inspired by the concept of dreaming. You can interpret ‘dream’ widely: Is this house inspired by a specific dream you had? Does it capture the qualities and feelings of daydreaming? Does it fulfill your wildest dreams in the form of a house that has everything you’ve ever wanted? This is an open ended prompt that you can interpret broadly, but you are expected to push your own creative ideas and process.
A3.3 Project Assignment: Homeworld
Reflect on our studies of ‘Affective Architecture’, including 1) Bachelard’s discussion of the daydreams, memories, and our associations to different aspects of our homes and 2) Flusser’s proposal for a new type of architecture and 3) draw from your own current experiences in quarantine to design a homeworld: a building or network of buildings that would satisfy your every existential need. Think about the whole breadth of experiences you would want and need to be housed and enabled by your new space. How will it address comfort, safety, memories, daydreams, social relationships, activity, and nature? If you could never leave this space, what would you need to be there? This is an open ended prompt that you can interpret through your own creative process.