A Range of Indeterminate Results was the 2015 California College of Arts MFA in Design thesis show. The thesis show was designed to serve as a framework to show 42 student's works that are at their natures diverse and heterogeneous. As both one of the principle designers and curators of the show, we established a context that gave the design space to breath, and create inter- minglings and relationships with the work around it. By creating spaces that had relationships to each other, and a direct connection to the type of interaction
We designed a consistent framework that provided different contextual relationships based on the arrangement of their parts, transparencies and opacities, and arrays of light.
The curatorial strategy and origin of the name for the show, A Range of Indeterminate Results, was chosen to highlight the unity and cohesion of the work through its essential diffracted and disjointed nature of assemblage.
Tides is a competition entry to the Autodesk Pier 9 Edge Condition Public Art and Design open call for proposals. Proposals were tasked to activate a small parcel of space on the San Francisco Waterfront, near the Autodesk headquarters. This entry was designed in conjunction with Cristina Gaitan and Maru Carrion. The results of the competitionare currently pending.
Tides is a dynamic seating and sculptural installation that sits on the water’s edge, a responsive field that brings tidal motion of the San Francisco Bay onto the surface. Pier 9 is sited on the water. The ground under the site is infill, and at one point, the ground ambled into the bay, having a deeper, interconnected relationship with water. Every hour, every day, the water moved up and down the bank of the marsh that was the edge. The tides left their marks. Tides reestablishes this lost relationship with the activity of the water’s edge.
Tides makes the water’s movement legible on the surface, and brings the water into the area that it once occupied, before the site was infilled. We reach back to our ecological history to make a connection to the now. The entirety of Tides is a seating platform. As people sit on the geometric blanket composed of plywood triangles, the surface reacts to the movements of sitting and moving. The triangles are linked to each other, covering the site. It is a continuous seating arrangement, offering various movement experiences. Underneath the surface is a system of universal joints that let the blanket articulate against the body weight of the users. Tides is responsive and immersive, like water, a theatrical ebb and flow of movement that will bring people into the site for play. As the blanket moves, it creates an oceanic sensation. Tides has a relationship to the undulating terrain underneath the water, the ground shifting as the tide leaves traces on the topography.
Tides is also physically reflective of the water. We believe that the future of making entails responsive objects and environments, things that are sensitive to information and data as new materials in the making landscape. Tides incorporates and translate data by recreating the water's surface, milled into the surface, providing traction. Making the water systems around us more legible increases the total awareness of our environmental condition.