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Friday, January 9, 2009

More Past Years Exhibitions...

Following our Asia House exhibition, we had a solo exhibition at the nous Gallery in London titled 'Residue', in April - May, 2008. It was the first time we had a chance to show a bit more extensive and varied collection of our work.



We exhibited a variety of different computing based designs, all built and realized through a variety of different (both additive and subtractive) CAM technologies. There included the Fragrant Tower (which can be seen in the foreground of the photo above), built through Stereolithography (a form of 3D printing) which, in its three stacked components, retains various core fragrances (for the base, heart and top note of an aroma/ perfume), which can be changed according to mood or whim. The design releases its subtle aromas into its surroundings, which 'latch' onto any persons that visit or occupy the space, carrying and spreading its mnemonic seeds/ fragrant memes to places beyond its immediate vernacular. A close up of the Fragrant Tower included below.



The nous Gallery sign, seen attached to the wall behind the Fragrant Tower, is made of plate steel, with over 3300 minute laser-cut perforations making up its four letters. The interesting thing with this design is that the minute holes that make up the letters are small enough to be almost invisible when viewed from an angle, resulting in that the only viewing angle from which all the letters can be simultaneously seen is from straight ahead. This also results in the 'nous' name fading in and out of view as one walks by...

Included below are also some pictures of the 'Alice Cups' (inspired by 'alice in Wonderland), a tea/ coffee cup-set where a core cup (genotype) is adapted (stretched and tweaked) to accommodate the remaining tea/ coffee drinking related paraphernalia...



The set was made both trough Stereolithography and 3D Printing.

We also showed a number of installation pieces in the Gallery's courtyard. These were titled 'SaltWorks', which were an extension or a more comprehensive exploration of some of the themes touched upon in the individual Saltworks, discussed in an earlier blog. The salt blocks, usually used to soften water, were assembled into a variety of compositions, which were left exposed to wind and weather, resulting in pieces, which began as soft, marble white, compositions, gradually dissolved and fragmented as the days, and whims of the spring weather, wore and shaped them - leaving a weathered trace onto and into the originally stached blocks...







Before and After pictures (of the 'Long Salt' composition) below...





We also did a few pieces where we combined the salt with tar, where two contrasting materials (white/ black, resists water/ dissolves in water...) were allowed to interact...





And some photos from opening night...




Two founder of the nous Architectural Gallery, Christian Derix (tall gentleman) and Melissa Woolford (in green) can be seen in the middle...


Paul Coates, one of the original 'Gurus' of computing based architecture, can be seen on the right side of the photo...

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