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DIGESTIVE ARCHITECTURE - "LIVE" CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ART

 

Chelsea Space + CookHouse Gallery

Curator = Hiu Tung Chung

London, UK

 

Conceputal Framwork = Food is our primary source of energy. As an artistic medium, and tool of communication we have been exploring food, and our relation to it as a way of understanding environmental perception. This process starts with looking at micro food, and plants under the microscope, and translating their geometries into architectural models, and public interactive installations. Food is just as beautiful on the micro level as it is on the macro level. In this public installation we were interested in bringing the visual transformation of digestion, decay, and energy into the macro public realm through digestive experimental interactive installations.

 

 

What is Emergent Architecture = Architectural systems that adapt, transform, and evolve based on their relationship to environmental conditions.

 

 

As we research deeper into habitable architectural emergent systems, we question where we can apply this evolutionary theory to the internal spaces, and systems in the human body. Part of our practice also involves experimentation in the field of material science. For this installation we have made cellulose based dehydrated bio-skin made from, food waste, and algae as a way of visualising the tension between internal disposal, and environmental conditions.

 

This installation aimed to create an engagement between the viewer, and their internal metabolic process using medicine as an art object. We transformed food into an architectural material taking form, and structure in the viewer’s digestive system. The installation had an area where the viewer was asked to make there own energy pills from algae, and other herbs as well as drinking the evolving algae in H2O to stimulate energy levels, and blood circulation. The colours of the algae changing in the bottles is also a direct reflection of how natures systems work as this reaction is based on ultraviolet light coming from the sun. Once digested each pill will take architectural form in the viewer’s digestive system. The work takes a journey from the external to the internal, then back to the external through metabolised energy, and excretion. This work is a cycle of energy as a metaphor of the ever-changing natural cycle in nature, and the process of food digestion into kinetic energy.

 

Architectural Scale = Nomadic Museum Art Energy Centre + Gallery Installation + Public Art Energy Cafe.

 

The viewer is encouraged to take as much energy as they need to shift or transform their internal digestive system and their output of physical energy.

The viewer is encouraged to take as much energy as they need to shift or transform their internal digestive system and their output of physical energy.

 

 algae label