"PERFORMA is an intensive research studio that seeks to create multi-performative material systems utilizing optimization, aggregation and efficiency. Simple units and semi-finished materials were physically tested in order to extract potential performative characteristics and limits. These limits were negotiated through rigorous digital and physical techniques in order to produce strategies of fabrication.
The formal systems have inherent structural capacities as well as an ability to adapt to changing conditions. Meaning, although the system is adaptable, they must be self-structural and fabricated using off-the-shelf material that can weather. Because of the system pliability, variation can occur within a seemingly homogenous system." -Mike McKay
The unit was originally developed from a square with curved sides that was mirrored to form a rectangle. The rectangle was divided into 8 surfaces that could be folded and then pinned to itself, creating a volumetric geometry. When pinched, the unit could completely close on itself and when the unit was compressed from the top or pulled from both sides, it would open up and flex to create a void through the center.
In its unfolded geometry, the unit was doubled and offset revealing a diamond shape created from the overlap. This diamond is the shared surface that meshed the two units into a superunit. In its folded, volumetric form, the new superunit is a doubled and mirrored version of the individual unit with a diamond shape in the middle.
After a series of tests, the superunit was multiplied and aggregated in both the X-axis and Y-axis using a nesting method. Through the nesting aggregation, the diamond shapes began to create a more rigid spine running throughout, enabling the system to spiral and fold in multiple directions.
Status: School Project
Location: University of Kentucky