Let us assume that spatial reconfigurations result in modifications of occupant behaviour.
If a space has the potential to actively switch the states of certain attributes - a range of behaviours - how might these be employed in relation to histories of occupancy in a goal-directed manner, and if the space itself is reconfigured how might it adapt and learn to exploit new spatial relationships in relation to these goals?
Blusher was fabricated as a direct response to an invitation to participate in an exhibition organised by the Crafts Council entitled Making Buildings. It was conceived as a touring exhibition across six galleries in the
Two strategies were determined. Each would be employed across different temporal scales and would deal with passive re-configuration across sites, and active environmental modulation together with the driving of active surfaces.
The object in the gallery context sets up explicit spatial and temporal relationships between the observer and the observed. If we could measure these, we might be able to respond to them in an active manner. If we recorded these measurements over time, trends would begin to emerge from the data set allowing predictions of behaviour to be made with greater certainty. A sensory system was devised comprising proximity sensors, retro-reflective beam breakers and a sonar device in order to map varying qualities of occupancy in relation to regions of Blusher over time. The different qualities of this data, once correlated and assessed, would allow fine grain inferences to be made about movement, direction, density, proximity, and duration of occupancy of both single occupants and groups of occupants.
This sensory data was used to drive an active component of polycarbonate leaves which would flutter in various ways - enticing, rhythmical, frenetic, warning. This element related to a large passive structure, fabricated from twenty one unique pieces of CNC plasma cut and folded sheet steel, onto which a secondary class of behaviours was exhibited - blushes. Various intensities of blush could be actuated, again related to both the history of sensory data and the current stimuli.
The use of historical data in relation to current sensory information potentially allows for systems to extend beyond being merely reflexive to being adaptive. The implication of such computations being conducted on sensory data is that outputs have to be designed with sufficient expressive scope in order to develop and exhibit novel behaviours over time.
Blusher has appeared in the following articles, books, papers and exhibitions.
'Constructing the Specific', Ayres, P., in 'GameSetandMatch II', Episode Publishers. [conference proceedings] 2006
'Finding Fluid Form', Brighton, UK. [seminar exhibition] 2005
'Making Paraforms', Sheil, R., in The Journal of Architecture [vol.8 - no.2], Hill, J. [ed.]. 2003
'Material Intelligence', Entwistle Gallery, Cork St, London, UK. [group show] 2003
'A Year in the Making', Bartlett, UCL, London, UK. [exhibition] 2002
'Responsive Behaviour', Jones, W., in FRAME [issue 26]. 2002
'Computer-Aided Manufacture in Architecture', Callicott, N., Architectural Press. 2001
'Complete Fabrication', Gardiner, S., in Building Design [issue 1474 -16/02/01]. ['Making Buildings' exhibition review] 2001
'Hightech and Customisation: sixteen*(makers)', Melhuish, C., in 'Making Buildings', [exhibition catalogue] 2001