What if Parametric is not digital?
What is Parametric is analogous?
What if Parametric is more about materiality and forces?
This is part of an exploration on how to create standard machines that generate non-standard results, mixing analog numerical control with traditional material and techniques integrated in one real-time process, suggesting that the parametric design is not necessarily a digital com-putation methodology.
For this purpose, we work in the translation of computational logics and automations process in the material world through an analog machine that allow us articulating physical variables in real time, as gravity, fluid weight, fabric tensions, size and material, position and number of anchor points in XYZ, horizontal limit to get a flat bottom, slipcasting volumes, dry times, pottery viscosity, type of potteries (ceramic, gres, porcelain, etc.), water quantity, thickness of shell, etc.
Crossing these formal and material results with some functions we can create tableware, candle holders, hanging lights and appliques, for example. We even have the possibility to change scale and produce larger objects, as tables, stools, mirrors, etc., using wax instead of pottery for lost wax casting processes (aluminum, brass, cooper) or catalyzed resin and so on.
当前的实验分成三种，Test N°1: Gauze；Test N°2: Muslin；Test N°3: Lycra。使用到三种不同的面料与两种不同的原浆。
Here some containers test using three kinds of fabrics (Gauze, Muslin and Lycra) and two kinds of potteries (Gres and Translucent porcelain).
Test N°1: Gauze
Test N°2: Muslin
Test N°3: Lycra
This project gives us a new scope “More parametric, less digital”, allowing us to speak about parametric design without computers and digital fabrication laboratories which generates dialogues from academic contexts to communities of artisans.
Photos by: gt2P and Victor Imperiale
We are a studio involved in projects of architecture, art and design, established in Santiago, Chile. We are in a continuous process of research and experimentation in digital crafting, promoting new encounters between the technologies for projecting and the richness of the local expre-ssed in traditional materials and techniques.
Our work methodology has two dimensions. First, we seek to systematize knowledge and observation, whether of natural, artificial, geometric or spatial, phenomena, through generative algorithms. Here parametric design is a tool to guide the planning of projects that we carry out, enabling the integration of its stages of design, development and production.
On the other hand, we have discovered an artistic dimension that connects us with our cultural heritage, through the incorporation of traditional experience and knowledge that feed and qualify the generative algorithms or DNA that we create. Exposing the unexpectedness of manual processes and local materials is a way to value what we are in what we do.