Friday, September 16, 2011

Looking at: Philip Beesley

My professor at school recommended I look at the work of Philip Beesley as a reference for a project we are doing in our advanced computing/digital fabrication/parametric design class, which you can read more about here.  He is an architect working in Toronto, but more interesting to me are his sculptures and installations, which are large scale interactive environments that incorporate programming and lighting to react to their surroundings.  (see video at bottom)  Philip, I'm coming to work for you!

 These first few images are of one of my favorite projects, entitled Endothelium, which is described as

"an automated geotextile, a lightweight sculptural field housing arrays of organic batteries housed within a lattice system that might reinforce new growth...The sculpture acts in the tradition of the marginalized mid-century American medical doctorWilhelm Reich, who said, 'all plasmatic matter perceives, with or without sensory nerves.  The amoeba has no sensory nerves, and still it perceives...The terror of the total convulsion, of involuntary movement, and spontaneous excitation is joined to the splitting up of organs and organ sensations. This terror is the real stumbling block.'"

Read more here.

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