[resonance] is the first installation and exhibition by [D]CON studio for the purpose of reaching out and engaging the community and other creative disciplines. By doing this we attempt to expand the networks of all those who get involved with the group into other disciplines, with the hopes that sharing knowledge and experience across mediums and disciplines will create better work.
The event will be held at 919 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, Texas
The installation consists of using a strong material (preferably one of the many plastics that can be cut by a CNC machine) to create a rib structure, upon which we will paper mache layers of parchment paper to create a seamless translucent surface. Within this structure a series of LED lights will be strung along the entirety of the volume and controlled using a written code that converts music to various color ranges and patterns. During the night of the event, people will be able to both listen to and see music.
However, the amount of funding we receive will dictate the type of materials and lights that we can use.
Our work seeks to test the boundaries of what is possible through technology and blur the boundaries between creative mediums. Using a combination of digital space and analog form finding, we believe that we can cultivate a more holistic approach to generating form, content, and material composition.
Risks and challenges
When the project first began in September, three subsequent issues arose: the complexity of panel to panel matching, the structural strength of the hollow forms individual components, and the complexity of the code necessary to control the lighting within the structure.
With 2,764 unique panels needed to assemble the complete design, the organization and ability by the group to assemble them accurately had become the main concern. To address this issue a digital script was written to organize them within the same component system used to create the design. This script numbers every panel and joint so that it can be quickly referenced back to the digital model during assembly, allowing for precise fabrication across multitudes of component sizes and shapes.
We’re currently finalizing the material used to create the rib structure as each component must not only support itself, but those around it as well. The assembled structure’s load is in turn also being relieved by cables connecting the ceiling of the gallery to cables running down and across the ridge of the design and our various full scale models show that these approaches are successful.
We’ve also integrated a local lighting designer to the group to resolve any complex lighting and electrical issues that may arise. Larry Servin has been working with lighting for multiple years and deals with the technical aspects of wiring and specifying the hardware for the installation; a short example is included in a video in which the lighting was successfully controlled.
Since we began testing the design a month before many of the issues that arose have been dealt with from attaching tabs to the ends of the panels for assembly, etching them with a unique panel numbers and directional markings for organization, various material testing, and approaches to supporting the structure. At this point we remain confident that with our combined experience and educational backgorunds in architecture and building technology we will be able to overcome potential future issues and finish on schedule for exhibition and hope to see you there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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