MARC FORNES & THEVERYMANY™

PRACTICING AT THE INTERSECTION OF ART + ARCHITECTURE ^ COMPUTATION

10 PolyPoP(s)

PolyPop(s) | Extension Gallery | Chicago | April 2010

Design : MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY™ ©2010

Computation & Morphology: Marc Fornes
Material R&D: Marc Fornes (Principal), Brandon Kruysman, Jon Proto, Jared Laucks…
Units production: Mathew Staudt, Brandon Kruysman, Jon Proto + many helpers…
Assembly (Chicago): Marc Fornes, Brandon Kruysman, Jon Proto, Mathew Staudt + many helpers…

Production ($): Extension Gallery with the Graham Fundation, Chicago
Many many thanks to Paula Palombo for the invitation!
http://www.extensiongallery.com/

premise : any systems can be understood as sum of primitives – theory & science argues that “the whole can be greater then the sum of its parts” – MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY™ has been interested to translate such ideas into architecture up to its physical realm. The research is based on a simple but extreme premise: the exploration through DIY design and production of structures made of MANY parts. Such quest involves the development of computational protocols for the generation of compound morphologies and descriptive geometry, both combined with a necessary logistic of production. As based on numbers (units, time,…) both are constantly evaluate through efficiency in order to make it happen.

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design intend : the quality of such aggregates structures is depending on population / numbers. In order to reach the inherent qualities of distributed field condition one needs MANY singular elements.
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geometry test : (the continuum of a long series of investigation) – minimum of primitives, maximum of diversity.
a minimum of primitives has an interesting property in terms of logistic: it allows to afford molding techniques – as the efficiency for a mold is exponential with number of replicate (due to the original effort and cost needed to develop one).
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material test : written within a series of installation investigating Do It Yourself modes of production, looking into ways to reduce time of production for a single elements in order to be able to produce many. The premise of the research was seeking a time cap less than 30 mins to produce one single finished element of certain complexity in terms of geometry.
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# Tests

# Production at THEVERYMANY / Brooklyn

Many many thanks to Paula Palombo for her invitation – AND her blind trust during long months of material research, rumination and doubts. Paula asked me from day one to “push outside my zone of comfort” – she opened a gate toward of a real zone of unknown – where nothing was existing knowledge on our end – where everything had to be learned through intensive empirical testing – where back ups for the only sake of showing a final piece was not permitted despite a running clock and the increasing list of tests, trials and failures.. Looking back the entire process opened new meanings to the words “Research and Experimentation” – and maybe tested new limits to how far can one go too far….

Many thanks Paula for your blind trust – a trust up to the risk of eventually having nothing to show… THANK YOU.

Many thanks to the Graham Foundation (Chicago) without which the entire project wouldn’t have been possible.

Many thanks to all the helpers who came even for a day to help on the production or the assembly…

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