The performative biotope

2017

RESEARCH | workshop | fabrication

Human evolution has undergone restless and radical changes over the centuries, with the popularising intersection between biology, artificial intelligence and robotics invading the flesh. Flesh no longer becomes an uninhabitable extension of our body, but rather a being in space and becoming-space of infinite multiplicities:
 
"meta-phenomenon, simultaneously visible and virtual, a cluster of forces, a transformer of space and time, both emitter of signs and trans-semiotic, endowed by an organic interior ready to dissolved as soon as it reaches the surface"
 
(Gil and Lepecki, 2006, p. 28).
 
Ponty’s Phenomenology of the ‘Embodied Existence’ can help us understand that "the body is not an object in the world but our means of communication with it" (1962, p. 91-92). Therefore, to talk about the body means to think and trespass materiality beyond its realms; to engage our physical matter through spatial situations through which we perceive in an engaging way.  
The Performative Biotope takes part in the UCL Bartlett 'Composite Bodies' workshop and seeks to explore how computational methods and physical manipulation can mutually benefit each other and facilitate design thinking in creating a symbiotic environment between human creativity and machine visions. In this project, physically created wearable models act as architectural installations when aggregated. It follows a conceptual thinking process of situating the body as generative spatial beings whereby the nature of our interactions amongst the materiality and others become a biotope.  This idea further helped to develop both simulation and fabrication stages using procedural design techniques. 
Tutors : Soomeen Hahm, Igor Pantic (Bartlett RC6)
Team : Thomas Bagnoli, Juan Sebastian Moreno, Sarah HF, Zoey Yu
Showcased as part of Milan Design Week 2017 in Lambrate.
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References:

Gil, J. and Lepecki, A. (2006). Paradoxical Bodies. TDR: The Drama Review, 40(5), pp.21-35.

Ponty, M. (1962). Phenomenology of Perception. The Humanities Press.