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    Brain Library, Coventry Cathedral Ruins (Peter Jenkins)

    By Birmingham City Uni D7
    Mar 9, '10 3:24 AM EST

    An overdue update on what has been happening with my thesis. The theme generally is "control" in society, in this case implemented through the control of knowledge, with the design for a brain library.

    First of all, here's a few images of the "graphic novel" developed using puppet photography and photoshopping into scenes:

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    For the design, then, so far I've been working from the inside out. I wanted the brains to have some kind of autonomy, rather than be trapped in an array of pipes and wires. Heres version #1 of the Cerebot:

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    After criticism of this version being too meccano, and after learning more in Rhino, it involved into version #2:

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    The home for these critters is based on the structure of a wasps nest I found in my loft and it ends up looking a bit like this from the outside, the patchwork effect caused by the stitching together of various slices of reclaimed flesh:

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    Some physical models I made in the generation of this form. I wanted the unpredictability of analogue processes to feed in, so I used balloons and expanding foam:

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    Inside here would be a collection of nested papier mache catenary domes, giving order to the Cerebot housing. Papier mache was chosen as a recyclable from the confiscation of literature in the controlled society:

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    These flesh pods would be multiply hung from a triangulated bone roof structure, which takes on an overall morphic form based on the concentric growth patterns of the flesh pods, emanating from the structural corners of the "site" (Coventry Cathedral Ruins). This is an early version of the roof form, still in development:

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    As an aside, I wrote a script in Rhino to automatically create the triangulated trusses for that form. So you just start with two surfaces over each other, then run the script and it gives you all the vertices which you can then panel like glass or pipe like a structure. If people are interested in that, leave a comment and I'll post the script; don't want to use too much space on here otherwise.

    Think that's all for now, currently working on the public and production program elements so this becomes more than just a parasitic infestation. Let me know what you think.



     
    • 3 Comments

    • bentropy

      Carys

      Very interesting post, I would love to try out the script!

      Cheers

      Ben

      Mar 10, 10 12:25 pm
      Birmingham City Uni D7

      Glad someone's interested! I'll post it in a minute. By the way, my name is Peter Jenkins, not Carys. Our school only sequestered one blog access so we all share the same name - I'll remember to point out who I am next time I post!

      Mar 11, 10 5:28 pm
      valeriamiaventougarte

      Hi, i would really like to try the script, can u post it please??

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