A site specific kinetic installation commissioned by Veuve Clicquot for the Andaz, Liverpool Street. Iambic Rhythm was derived from an anatomical interpretation of the architecture and it's function within the Andaz.
The Rotunda, a six storey atrium space was chosen as the project site. Spatially the Rotunda connects the ground floor lobby/reception room to every other level of the building, whilst a lift shaft running parallel to the space serves the movements of guests. Similarities can be drawn between functions of lobby and the human heart. As the heart accommodates the purpose of all other organs in the human body, the lobby or reception area serves the function of every other room with in the Andaz. Likewise an anatomical parallel can be found between the Rotunda and the arteries and veins with in the human body. Both a means of connection and transportasion for their respective environments.
Iambic Rhythm was intended to play with this notion, animating the space in kinetic terms. I sought to give the Rotunda a pulse and the lobby a heart, a physical manifestation referencing the living and breathing architecture that the project occupied.
The installation itself consists of a grid of thirty-two, 25 meter lengths of rope, that are strung under tension the vertical length of the Rotunda. A crank slider mechanism at the base of the installation anchors the ropes. Kinetic energy created by sharp lateral movements of crank slider mechanism is transferred to the grid of ropes. In turn this kinetic energy passes through the length of ropes generating a range of wave like movement that ungulate through the space.
An interactive performance based installation that challenges the Artisan's role with in the future of design. Future By Artisan was commissioned by Fendi as part of Fatto a Mano (Handmade), and shown across Europe including London (LDF), Milan (Salone del Mobile) and Venice (Venice Biennale).
The project was derived from research into the traditions and techniques of Fendi's highly skilled artisans, conducted at Fendi's prototyping factory in Florence. Whilst highly suffocated technology exists to increase efficacy of production, saving time and waste material, age-old techniques synonymous with the traditions of craftsmanship are still implemented throughout the creation process at Fendi. There exists a stunngingly human quality to products made by artisans that can not (currently), be achieved utilising modern machinery. It is this relationship between the traditions of the past and the tools of the future that Future By Artisan attempts to question.
Future By Artisan comprises of multiple components; The heartbeat of a Fendi Artisan is measured in real time by heart monitor. This data is sent wirelessly to an adapted antique riveting machine which effectively punches upon leather stripes the rhythm of the heart itself. The distance between each punched hole corresponds directly to the Artisan's emotive state. A calm or relax state increases the distance between punched holes and an excited or anxious state decreases the distance between punched holes. The punched leather stripes are then fed manually onto a series of steel rods and are reborn in the creation of a sculpture. The sculpture itself is a physical map depicting the emotive state of the Artisan for the duration of the performance.
'Reflecting upon the two aspects, the human and the mechanical, Mersh questions the role of man within industrial evolution. In the case of Fendi, the artisan remains the firm starting point, the cuore of the process. And no matter how much technology may progress, it will never be able to substitute the experience of the craftsmen themselves.'
A wall based installation commissioned by Gallery Fumi, shown at Gallery Fumi, Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Summer 2011. Referencing sea urchins found off the Sardinian coast line, Ichthammol consists of 50 domed sculptures ranging from 16cm - 35cm in diameter. Created from over 80,000 dip dyed toothpicks and synthetic spheres.
Dedicated to the memory of S.T.
NB. Regarding images; Ichthammol in situe and at the London studio.
3.5 metre x 1.8 meter leather based installation, commissioned by Gallery Fumi for a private residency in St Mortiz, Switzerland.