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Taxonomies and Cranberries

Invited Distinguished Professor:

Casey Rehm.


Gabriel Esquivel,  Studio Professor

Texas A&M University


Team: Stephanie Almendarez, Roxy Treviňo, Gerson Ortiz.

The intent for this object was to create various temporary taxonomies from the items produced by the machine so that they could be used in spatial organization.  The classifications would allow each element from the machine to perform any action, for example as structure or furniture.  Because of this, the component pieces start possessing a vast number of qualities and relations that cannot be reduced to a single simplistic classification.  This vast number of qualities and relations form a network within the machine that allow for the unit spaces to become customizable through one modular component present throughout the whole object.  

Addressing becomes important when the machine tries distinguishing the components from one another and the user desires to customize the unit.

These modular component pieces become a vehicle for the information about the user.  The components are no longer just a column, window frame or a television stand but pieces of data transmitting information to and from places.  In order for these components to communicate with one another, they must map and "enumerate all the elements that can send and receive information, and providing each with an (at least temporarily) unique address, regardless of what the address might resolve" (that being whatever performative action it is being assigned) aids in the intercommunication and assembly of these pieces both physically and digitally.  

The addressability organizes them according to a system within the object that is made up of countless forms of classifications. The numbering of the components is used as a form of organization within the object itself...independent of the different addressing layers of the outside world.

Each component can be traced in different ways by different users for different purposes all of which in turn could be addressed over again leaving a durable marker on the object such that it can reconstituted later.  These ‘markers’ in each unit are seen through spaces that have been booleaned out of from with the component pieces that once existed there.  These markers are left from pre existing occupants of the space, whether it be human or non-human.  

Our building enhances the ability to share and gather information, something operating in one area of the structure could sense or activate or participate with information in some way that is different than its normal capabilities may allow.



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