Kintsugi++ by Certain Measures


Opening May 9, 2018

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Kintsugi++ by Certain Measures


Opening May 9, 2018

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Opening on May 9 will open the first phase of the 27th experiment of Le Laboratoire, by Certain Measures, part of their unique Kintsugi++ instillation that explores the possibilities of up-cycling in architecture and design.

Drawing from the Japanese craft resurrecting shattered vessels with sutures of pure gold joinery, Kintsugi++ imagines a machine trained in the delicate craft of mosaic. Presented as a response to the practice of shattering pieces that do not meet the standard for perfection in elite porcelain factories, we collect the remnants and use computer vision to reclaim and ennoble them as elements of complex and intricate new forms. Staged as an immersive double projection, the viewer enters the dream state of the algorithm, an animated galaxy of recombinant fragments and shards. The dynamic mosaics constantly assembling and disintegrating create a kaleidoscope of artificially imagined vessels of striking new potential. We propose a new way to think about the radical reuse of waste, a new relationship between maker, machine, and material.

Team: Andrew Witt, Tobias Nolte, Gavin Ruedisueli, Olivia Heung and James Yamada