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Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program




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Dust Breeding

Students: Stefano Passeri
Studio Title: Hernan Diaz Alonso Vertical Fall 2012
Instructor: Hernan Diaz Alonso

Dust Breeding deals with the legibility of amorphous forms in a pseudo-familiar landscape. The forms and the landscape are independent of each other and are governed by independent rules. At the same time, what is initially mere coexistence, gradually determines unexpected moments of empathy resulting in new sets of relationships.

These relationships act on the morphology, posture and function of the elements, which thus cease to behave as unrelated – instead, they begin to develop complex character from cohesion and hierarchical arrangements through mutation. Not unlike the dust accumulating on Duchamp’s work in Man Ray’s famous photograph, it is possible to read the forms both as independent and as embedded in the landscape. There are three families of mutations: 1) ‘object-on-object’, 2) posture, 3) scaling – while each family is independent of the others, mutual intertwining occurs on a variety of levels. The main masses, for example, sit on a bundle of fiber which infiltrates the interiority and expand in that direction. At once, a gradual flattening and scaling of the fiber below becomes the generator of the landscape immediately surrounding the masses. As the flattened fiber irradiates out, it encounters various other typologies and another level of interaction is produced.






Category: Studio Hernan Diaz Alonso

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