Aug '05 - Jan '11
What is an index? A quick reference? You idiot. A list of items and their locations? No, no, no. An index is evidence of a process. Now lets not get carried away. Evidence of a process does not guarantee indexicality. After all, any material construction can be said to be evidence of a process. It's there, right?
So what is indexical architecture? What qualities define it? What characteristics must it have to be considered indexical?
In other news... the parametric project turned out quite well, despite the fact that my model was an absolute failure. I spent a good amount of time developing my argument in my boards, which were received well. There was a vigorous discussion and I managed to steer the attention away from my model.
The Viennese students are gone. Don't know if I mentioned it before, but Knowlton is doing an exchange with the Vienna University of Applied Arts, where Zaha, Greg Lynn, and Wolf Prix conducts studios. About 15 of them came to visit and take part in various seminars, including a Rhinoscript workshop with Andrew Kudless. They cranked out some pretty interesting projects (high-rises) in the 10 days they were here. It was also great to get the nitty gritty on their superstar studio profs.
A group of students is going to Vienna in December to complete the exchange. Looking forward to hearing about it -- it's possible that the program will become a studio option next year for our class, which would be pretty sweet.
We've already installed three shows in the gallery and around the building. The first was called "Drawn by Hand" and celebrated masters of representation at OSU over the past 100 years... a lot of hand drawing tools, books, and drawings from our archives.
We also made a tie to computer modeling, highlighting the history of projective geometry that is coded into 3d modelers like FormZ (developed by Christos Yessios of OSU fame). I sat next to Yessios at the luncheon. Nice guy.
Some 3d printed models from the show:
An interesting traveling show had its headquarters at Knowlton Hall at the top of the main stairs. It was called "Working Frameworks" and started at Cornell, stopped at Knowlton, and continued to Columbia in Chicago. The most prominent piece in our building was the "Control Room", which was designed and implemented by Gene Felice and company fromt he Art and Technology dpeartment at OSU. The podium was custom built and has wireless connectivity to the host site of the exhibition and displayed live webcam feeds as well as archival content from the previous opening of the show in Cornell. The content gathered in Columbus will be displayed in Chicago.
Finally, a new exhibit went up and opened in the gallery this Wednesday. Ben Aranda (who, with Chris Lasch, make up Terraswarm) came in for a lecture and to help set up the exhibit, a series of boards, books, models, and projections. I worked on the installation up until the very last minute, but it opened without a hitch and everybody was happy. Their drawings are quite beautiful and their books are pretty fascinating. I'll post pics in a bit.
In the meantime, a picture of my back yard, newly mowed and mulched, ready for a winter sleep: