Between Matter, Machine and Designer


Rena Giesecke


Material organization as medium of reflection

The increasing importance of material organization in design thinking allows for the question of how one can design processes utilising materials as a medium of reflection? What does it mean for designing to start with the material´s formation rather than with a preconceived idea of form? The more complex the process and the material behaviour, the less parameters can be directly controlled. However, they can be influenced or disturbed. How does the role of the designer change when confronted with incomputability of matter?

The project explores material formation of wax in water  -  a thermo- dynamic formation process - that seems almost random in outcome. Through repetition - initially executed manually and then by the machine - it attempts to identify patterns of behaviour that allow for framing outcomes. To what extent can we influence the result? One can assume that partial uncontrollablity of parameters requires design of processes, rather than objects or parametric models.

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Between Matter, Machine and Designer


Rena Giesecke


The machine is a conceptual one - using wax as exemplary material it triggers questions of projecting design thinking onto matter. Rather than executing a preconceived idea of form in industrial precision, it assists the material in its formation. Every form is an expression of forces between wax and water.  The machine is a tool to draw the unimaginable, an instrument for creativity.

Advisors: Wolfgang Tschapeller | Condak | Strzelec