Crumple Zone, a site-specific installation is utilising CNC-punchpressed steel with projected imagery to create a piece that challenges the preconceptions of the Vitruvian principles of stability, utility and beauty in the inaugural exhibition by Factio, a not-for profit curatorial collective created to support a dia-logue within British fashion, art, design and architecture.
STATUS Commission, Built
LOCATION London, UK
DESIGN TEAM Eva Castro, Ulla Hell, Holger Kehne, Annelie Giencke, Christian Täubert
Bypassing the typically linear process of design followed by construction, and reversing traditional skeleton structural systems Plasma Studio programmed a pile of standard industrial sheet steel with information in the form of perforated seams. As in recent automotive strategies, the seemingly weakened material organization enables a formation of global stress distribution lines achieving a different kind of structural performance.
The sheet material turned form through the negotiation of overall curatorial organization, the site and structural form-finding. Still, it mirrors traditional architectural works in expanding from the subservant function of providing surface and backdrop for the other exhibits to its own inherent discussion.
While the piece is derived from a rigorous set of proportional relationships, these merely differentiate the material consistency to direct the reciprocal forces within the process of production. A contemporary aesthetic discussion stems from the embedded interrelationships, the sensuality of forms liberated from straightjacket Cartesian rules and its weightless appearance.