Beginning as a responsive medium and infrastructural core in our Gipsy Trail House, the "Armature" is reinvestigated for an exhibit in the Frederieke Taylor Gallery, as an exploration of its generative aspects. Based on its performance and distilled in its precise configuration and operation, The Armature creates different environments around and adjacent to it. This was intriguing to us again in 2002, so the installation was a push to investigate this tension and the consequential mutation of the “real object” and the environment it creates; could the object become the environment?
As Husserl states, “here too, proceeding from the factual, an essential form becomes recognizable through a method of variation.” He calls these “thing-shapes.” Specific for these thing-shapes in their relationship to the human body are their “surfaces - more or less ‘smooth’, more or less perfect” — registrations that strive for gradual perfection. The generative aspects of integral architectures activate these surfaces into a hybrid system of layering. The politics of layering, creasing, and wrapping activate zones and environments where boundaries are negotiated and distinctions are blurred.
“From HardWare to SoftForm", is a 3-D digital interactive installation of the 'Armature' exhibited in the Frederieke Taylor Gallery in Chelsea, NYC [September 2002], in the ‘Art & Idea’ Gallery, Mexico City [September 2004] and in Monterrey [Nov 2004], as well as on view in the MoMA's new extension, 2019!
HW&SF WAS SUPPORTED BY
The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam, The Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York, Steelcase NYC, and the Context-Aware Computing Group at the MIT MediaLab, Cambridge.