Creating atmospheres by processing the material.
Atmosphere in the sense of the impression of space.
Ways of affecting the atmospheres differs depending on the sense we´re focusing on. For start I´ve decided to focus on the sense of vision: affecting the atmospheres by introducing and controlling a set of parameters affecting the visual perception of space: thickness of the material (in order to achieve desired amount of opacity), porosity (manipulating the amount of light), complexity of the pattern , colour, width and height of the space, and ways of connecting the spaces (for example: ramps or stairs).
(Since the character of the atmosphere is highly influenced by the scale of the space, different parameters should be used for different scales.)
Examples: intimate, seductive atmosphere – semi-transparent material (thinner layers), subtle pattern, darker colours, no sudden changes in the space flow, spaces are connected with ramps of gentle slope
psychotic atmosphere – perception of narrowing or widening the space , the pattern is more intense, the amount of light varies from extremely high to extremely low, steeper connections between spaces
Variation of transitions between atmospheres (depending on the atmosphere and the desired effect):
- subtle transitions
- abrupt transitions
- overlapping the atmospheres
MATERIAL AND ITS PROPERTIES: – synthetic resin
- fit for moulding
- different degrees of opacity
- possibility of adding colour
ROBOTIC BEHAVIOR (methods of processing the material):
- controlling the porosity by creating systematically dispersed light openings (perforating the material by stabbing, scratching, passing through a surface…)
- imprinting the pattern into the material (by rolling over the material, suction…)
- controlling the opacity by controlling the thickness (the amount of layers of the material)
- the robot changes the nature of its movements according to the atmosphere it´s creating (more subtle and continuous movements for the intimate atmosphere, aggressive discontinuous movements for the psychotic