by Certain Measures
October 11, 2018 -
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Opening on October 11 will open the second phase of the 28th experiment of Le Laboratoire, by Certain Measures. A companion installation to Kintsugi++, which explored the possibilities of up-cycling in architecture and design, QUILTING++ updates the practice of new creation from old fragments by applying machine vision and advanced geometry to augment the designer's intuition computationally.
(C) Certain Measures
(Andrew Witt and Tobias Nolte).
The show includes three pieces that look at the process of quilting from various perspectives and scales: at the scale of sculpture, strange knot-like surfaces are stitched together with minimum material; at the scale of building, exhaustive digital scanning of demolished scrap allows endless digital permutation of new buildings; and at the scale of the city, an infinite neural-net generated facade is proposed as a response to Ed Ruscha’s “Every Building on the Sunset Strip.” With KINTSUGI++, QUILTING++ proposes new ways to create the future from the material and cultural fragments of the past.
Andrew Witt is 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. Their clients include Audi, BMW, Futurium (the German federal museum of the future) and the Dubai Futures Foundation. The work of Certain Measures is in the permanent collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou, and has been featured at the 2018 Centre Pompidou show “Coding the World,” Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Ars Electronica, and the Venice Biennale. Witt is also an Assistant Professor in Practice in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, teaching and researching in the relationship of geometry and machines to perception, design, assembly, 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 was previously Director of Research at Gehry Technologies in Paris and Los Angeles, where he solved complex geometric challenges for clients including Gehry Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, UN Studio, and Coop Himmelb(l)au, for projects such as the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Qatar National Museum.