MARC FORNES & THEVERYMANY™

PRACTICING AT THE INTERSECTION OF ART + ARCHITECTURE ^ COMPUTATION

090804_TVMNY @NYC | BRIDGE GALLERY (re)configured


NEW YORK | Bridge Gallery | Echinoids (re)configured


How many people do actualy believe in “failures“?

I do! – while giving talks/lectures I am often arguying about it – “operative failures” – in philosophy, empiricism is a theory of knowledge which asserts that knowledge arises from experience – one of many ways to gain experience is through test and trials – and within the recent jump in scale of the digital craft and the “Do it yourself” paradigm – experience requires failures…

Experiencing failure within prototypes – yes! – and despite often being displayed within art gallery THEVERYMANY’s “constructs” are partly installation partly prototypes – though not so much prototypes to see if the systems is actually going to fail? – but rather when? – can failures be expected? – even better anticipated up to embodied within the geometrical system tested potential response?


the lion sat” – a localized part of Echinoids v1.0 slowly saddled – it didn’t break but suffered from “fatigue” – unexpected failure? – blind future? – I would argue for curated ones…

Temporary installation are related to time – but also budget – aggregate systems and their inherent qualities are highly depending on numbers – unfortunately numbers are often the exact opposit vector to time/budget – then if no budget the system requires carefull compositionnal search methods to maintain a scale large enough to be experienced by its viewer as architectural artefact – homogeneity could be one way to go – unfortunately spreading the elements all accross the construct while maintaining structural integrity often requires down sizing…


“until where can one go too far?”

Echinoids system is based on calculated risk – calculated risk is different from denying risk or maximising efforts to avoid falires – here the aggregate is designed through variation of desnties – balancing strengh and weakness – fully closed macro-systems as stable larger parts and low density members at transitional areas – a curated aggregate system allowing within its own geometric nature possible partial re-configuration – “explosion” as safe away exit strategy – allowing second lifes for a piece: from construct to environment


That (re)configuration is only the first one possible – and therefore to be followed along the summer for eventual other ones…

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