M1,2,3 - Two by Fours

RETROFITTING ARCHITECTURE VIA ANTI-FUNCTIONALIST MACHINES

Machine 1-3 are the first step, the building blocks, or the 'two by fours' of a series of architectural 'retrofits' serving as interpretive tools that can register, display, amplify, spatially mediate, and augment the otherwise overlooked environment.


Each machine inputs a single sensory data from its ambient environment and outputs a mechanized response. They borrow from early linkage mechanisms that were designed to convert rotational motion to linear motion - the crankshaft, camshaft, and the Peaucellier - all were essential to the development of the steam engine. These linkages are inherently utilitarian mechanisms that lives under-the-hood performing repetitive tasks, but in this case they're foregrounded and subjected to the 'noises' in our

environment. The result is a performative dance interpreting the forces around us.


ADVISOR: Michael Meredith

TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: Jason Kelly Johnson