Crinkle, Morph

Advisors: Anya Bokov, Stephen Krewson, Adrian Lerner
Yale University // Theory and Visualization Seminar // Spring 2015


Crinkle, Morph


“...and while we felt we were plunging straight down, in reality we were racing along the edge of mouldings and invisible friezes, like ants who, crossing a city, follow itineraries traced not on the street cobbles but along walls and ceilings and cornices and chandeliers.”

-Italo Calvino, “The Form of Space” in The Complete Cosmicomics (1997)

The grid is an infrastructural framework that regulates, generates or filters its constituent elements according to an overarching logic. One way of interpreting the way the grid works is as a snapshot, a tool that initiates and completes its action simultaneously, independent of the course of time. Another way of understanding the grid, which I hope to suggest is more constructive, is as an intrinsically temporal tool, that acts in and on time. That is to say, the grid has the capacity to compound effects over time, or influence the essence and fabric of time itself.

Acknowledging this capacity gives us the ability to view the grid as a narrative tool, or as a generator of sequential changes. This narrative is not necessarily linear, with a set ‘before’ and ‘after;’ neither is it irreversible. To the contrary, the grid--as a non-linear, spatially and temporally infinite construct--also has the capacity to generate a narrative that extends in all directions, that can loop back on itself, and change its past, present, and future through self-generated feedback.

I am interested in this unit of change, or mutation, and its role in the generation and interpretation of narratives-- whether spatial, formal or experiential. How is change an implied or explicit component of the system of the grid?

Through a series of simple repeated operations --milling, casting and 3D scanning-- this work seeks to explore the concepts of mutation, change and narrative in the grid.