Experiment 27

KINTSUGI ++

by Certain Measures

May 9, 2018 -  

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Opening on May 9 will open the first phase of the 27th experiment of Le Laboratoire, by Certain Measures, part of their unique Kintsugi++ installation that explores the possibilities of up-cycling in architecture and design. 

(C) Certain Measures

(Andrew Witt and Tobias Nolte). 

Team:

Andrew Witt

Tobias Nolte

Gavin Ruedisueli

Olivia Heung

James Yamada

Read the article in Issues in Science and Technology

Drawing from the Japanese craft resurrecting shattered vessels with sutures of pure gold joinery, Kintsugi++ imagines a machine trained in the delicate craft of mosaic. Presented as a response to the practice of shattering pieces that do not meet the standard for perfection in elite porcelain factories, we collect the remnants and use computer vision to reclaim and ennoble them as elements of complex and intricate new forms. Staged as an immersive double projection, the viewer enters the dream state of the algorithm, an animated galaxy of recombinant fragments and shards. The dynamic mosaics constantly assembling and disintegrating create a kaleidoscope of artificially imagined vessels of striking new potential. We propose a new way to think about the radical reuse of waste, a new relationship between maker, machine, and material.

Andrew Witt is an Assistant Professor in Practice in Architecture at the GSD, teaching and researching in the relationship of geometry to perception, construction, automation and culture. Trained as both an architect and mathematician, he has a particular interest in a technically synthetic and logically rigorous approach to form.

He is also co-founder, with Tobias Nolte, of Certain Measures, a Boston/Berlin-based design and technology incubator that combines imagination and evidence for systemic and scalable approaches to spatial problems.He was previously Director of Research at Gehry Technologies and a director at GT’s Paris, France office, where he solved complex geometric challenges for clients including Gehry Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, UN Studio, and Coop Himmelb(l)au. He also developed prototypes for new software design tools such as GTeam (now Trimble Connect, acquired by Trimble in 2014).

His research on the relationship between scientific epistemologies and design has been recognized with a Fellowship at the Canadian Center for Architecture and Graham Foundation grant. He was a 2015 nominee for the Chernikov Prize. He has lectured widely, including at Yale, Princeton, MIT, The Bartlett, The Berlage, Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, ETH, and EPFL, and his research has been published in in venues such as Log, AD, Surface, Space, Linear Algebra and its Applications, and Linear and Multilinear Algebra. He recently published the first monograph of the Rhythmograms of German proto-computational photographic hacker Heinrich Heidersberger. He received an M.Arch (with distinction, AIA medal, James Thayer Scholarship, Frederick Shelden Travelling Fellowship) and an M.Des (History and Theory, with distinction) from the GSD.