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Exercise 2: Worm Holes

10 February 2010

Director: Sergio Prego

Venue: Gallery 5

This exercise consists in making plaster casts from the inflatable pneumatic elements installed within the architecture. The pneumatic inflatables are on the scale of a passable interior, reflecting the dimensions of the people who will potentially use them. The casts shall highlight the emptiness of an object that serves in turn as a container for another (human) object. From a geometric and structural perspective, the casts shall provide a transition between the vertical limit set by the building’s walls and the endless architectural support provided by the horizontal plane that fugues into the horizon.

Our Cartesian concept of space and its Euclidian sources hold within them a hidden sexual expression in the way they define relationships between objects and control over the world. In this sense, of all Euclidean solids, the cylinder suggests the most powerful anthropomorphic connection – both as a synthesised reflection of the forms of limbs and as a negative (o cast) for the hand’s grasping action. While prisms provide the best expression of abstraction from the environment (what surrounds the body), the human body itself is more easily reduced to a cylinder. For this reason, the casts’ negative cylinder form may serve to establish a connection between this overscaled architecture and its inhabitants.

The physical process of executing the casts shall be carried out manually and may therefore be prone to leaving traces of the action, due both to the limitation implicit in managing large scales and to the less-than-perfect control over materials. The exercise intents to take on board the gesture as a method for structuring constructive elements and as the ultimate vehicle for contextualising an object in its world.

The exercise aspires to dominate the existing architecture by unmasking its bodily nature (objectual-abject) by opposition to its contextual vocation. Signs thus created should operate in much the same way as dogs marking the edges of a terrain’s topographic breaks with their urine.