As the smoke clears from our soldering guns, we can finally reflect on the results from the first half of the semester. As you saw from the previous post, our first project was to study Eisenman’s House VI drawings via replicating them with digital technology. Our second project took our newfound understanding of these drawings and asked us to create a second set of the fourteen drawings. The terms: a hidden second set of House VI drawings has been only recently uncovered – and it’s his curvilinear interpretation of House VI. Restricted to the basic premise of Eisenman’s original drawings, there is an underlying commonality between all twenty three of our sets. The differences lie in out interpretation of what is information is important to convey in these diagrams. And these differences are dramatically shown between the twenty three sets we will be presenting this afternoon.
To generate the conceptual forms, we built the diagrams in Maya – which was a learning experience in itself. From here we took the drawings into Rhino to extract the axonometric linework. AutoCAD was used to refine the linework before importing it into Illustrator where lineweights and color fills were executed. Yes.. Maya to Rhino to AutoCAD to Illustrator – we are true software prostitutes.
Now back to the smoke. Two models, one of the original House VI and one of the curved House VI, were constructed from wire to represent the drawings. Mix matched techniques of soldering and gluing were used to build these assemblages from this unruly material. Several years of each of our lives were sacrificed through the inhalation of everything toxic, but what stands in the aftermath are some spectacular physical manifestations of these diagrams – forty six sexy, curvaceous models thirsty to be seen.
Our midterm review begins at 2pm today, October 13, with a selected jury. At 4pm we would like to welcome the SoA community to come view our work, which is on display in room 1100. We hope to see you.