CAAD Praxis: HALFTONE

051-0732-14L

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Background

Representations in arts and science, like paintings, engravings, but also photographs, always require a certain degree of abstraction. According to more or less concious decisions, some aspects of one thing are translated into dimensions of some other thing following a set of (sometimes very basic) rules, almost like a language. Subjective interpretation during both the production and the reception of the object infuse a live of its own to the representation and induce character and meaning.

Question

What is the creative potential of todays multitude of available digital tools in architecture and design? How can the technical and material limitations of a certain setup become transformed into a liberating benefit? What additional freedom of expression does the abstraction level allow for?

Method

The task of this course will be twofold. First each student will build a basic computer application, that allows to transform various inputs into a rich variety of aesthetically appealing physical artefacts in a playful way. Through this everyone will contribute to a commonly shared toolbox of methods and applications. During this part the students will get introduced to the Processing Programming Environment and Rhino 3D. During the second stage the digital experiments will be translated into physical objects by using various materials and techniques. Every student should focus and develop his own method. Available tools include Lasercutting and CNC milling at the DARCH Raplab as well as 3D printing at the Chair for CAAD. The produced objects might be further developed by using them as three dimensional molds or enhancing their appearance through additional components such as resin etc.
Programming skills are not a prerequisite but very welcome.

Info

input images, laserscans, 3D-models, …
application ProcessingJS, HTML5, PHP, Rhino3D
output CNC-Mill and Lasercutter at RAPLAB, 3D-Printer, …
number max. 20 students
dates Mondays 15:00 – 17:00 h
introduction Monday, 17.02.2014
place Chair for CAAD, Building HPZ, Floor F (unless announced differently)
course tutors Mathias Bernhard (CAAD), Manuel Kretzer (CAAD)