Thursday, January 14, 2010


THEVERYMANY / Marc Fornes would like to present his:
Best Wild Wishes for 2010*

* according to the "etiquette" a new year best wishes card should be sent before Jan 1st - that if you are a purist - Jan 15th being the absolut deadline - Jan 14th is therefore more than on time...

As "card" - here is a sample along 2009 of insider views of THEVERYMANY studio in Brooklyn - perfect timing before as changing for a larger space in order to build (and storage) larger projects/structures...

Best wishes -and once again many thanks- to all the people who are making those experiments possible - especially:

To THEVERYMANY collaborators: Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt, Jared Laucks, Brandon Kruysman, Jon Proto,...

To THEVERYMANY academia collegues & friends: Francois Roche (R&Sie), Stephan Henrich,...

(with who I would like to fully share the credits of the work...)

*Aperiodic Symmetries
Jason S. Johnson, Josh Taron, Craig Le Blanc,...
Frazer Van Roeckel, Dolores Bender-Graves, Matt Knapic, Bradena Abrams Reid, Carmen Hull, Peter MacRea, Adam Onulov, Tiffany Whitnack, Jordan Allen, Ryan Palibroda,...

Brandt Graves, Carrie Mcknelly, Elliot White, Troy Zezula, Biayna Bogosian, Christine Rogiaman, Jared Laucks, Scott C. Savage, Al Attari, Brian Doyle, Claire Davenport, Claudia Corcilius, Courtney Song, Gary Mellon, Heidi Bullinga, Kamyar Rahimi, Majda Muhic, Marcelo Ertorteguy, Matthew DeLuca, Melissa Funkey, Otilia Pupezeanu, Sara Valente, Simon Kristav, Shadi Arani, Veronica Emig,...

BANGS collective, Pablo Barría, Begoña Arellano, Claudio Astudillo, José Narea, Marcela Godoy, Linda Schilling,...
Eduardo Hirose, Daniel Concha, Diego Moreno, Juan Pablo Klempau, Felipe Valdebenito, Pablo Banda, Francisco Quitral, Hermann Zbindenn, José Luis Guzmán, Victor Bunster M., Pablo C. Herrera, Tristan Al Haddad,...

Ally Hyun, Trevor Horst, Jesse Vaughn, Joseph Di Cicco, Veronica Emig,...

Eric Deboos, Laurent Lucas, Marie Bassano,...
Anne Vialle, Simon Feydieu, Lou Lucat, Tamara Maes, Sophie Roset, Charlotte Marrel, Benedetto Bufalin,...

*Part(s) for Display
Alissia Melka-Teichroen, Clair Warnier, Dries Verbruggen, Jan Habraken, Lucas Maassen, Kristina Kastro, Trevor Horst, Veronica Emig, Claudia Corcilius,...
Charles Vala, Felipe Sarmiento, Leopold Lambert, Martign Deurloo, Sergio Mannino, Alex Timmer, Remon Van, Den Eijnden, Steve Breman, Tyche Van Eijndhoven,...

To THEVERYMANY venues: Gallerie Roger Tator (Lyon/France) (Eric Deboos, Laurent Lucas, Marie Bassano), University of Calgary (Canada) (Jason Johnson), Bridge Gallery (NYC)(Marilyn Garber), Alga Wimmer Gallery (NYC) (Kelsey Harrington & Christine Yiogaman), Material Connexion,...

To THEVERYMANY sponsors & supports:
McNeel (US & Europe) (especially Bob, Carlos, Scott,...), TDM Solutions (RhinoNest), ASGVIS (VRay),...
Continental Signs (Philadelphia), Point b design, anyline (laser cutting)...
ALLIANCE METALS Inc., QUADRANT (Kress Schwartz),...

To THEVERYMANY followers - Thank you!


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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

090907_@Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (3)

LYON (FRANCE)| nEdg| Galerie Roger Tator | 090907
THEVERYMANY (Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt, Jared Laucks)
(invited as part of "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)
14 September - 27 November (extended...)

"n|Edg" as the sum of its parts:
2 compound surfaces
2796 individual surfaces (from 3 to n edges)
5375 holes

n|Edg” assembly is written within continuous series of investigations at different scale:

- the overall: development of protocols of surface relaxation - in order for the surface to generate best fit curvature in response to fix hanging or support points (floor, ceiling, walls) as curvature - despite generating apparent complexity - also provides natural structural stiffness.

- surface description (or sampling): re-understanding the resultant surface as series of points - which densities are relative to the degree of curvature – the more curvature the more points and eventually parts.

- surface reconstruction (or tessellation): previous work focused on describing complex surfaces with flat components – after working for different “high end” architectural and design practices - the only way to keep pushing non standard environments is to introduce the economy of parts as part of the equation – therefore early tests were first looking at ways to triangulate complex surfaces – and therefore strategize on panels cut within flat sheets of material – which very quickly evolved toward what is now the trendy “arrays of quads” components paradigm. “n|Edg” is now investigating the reconstruction of a surface with polygonal parts going from three edges to (n) number of edges.

- informed customization: each part is similar though not identical – its change of size and proportion is therefore allows to describe different radius of curvature – but also local re-reading of orientation is driving the length and width of branches – the flatter, the wider in order to provide more surface alike coverage.

top surface reconstruction

bottom surface reconstruction

pattern extract

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

090907_@Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (assembly) (2)

LYON (FRANCE) | nEdg | Galerie Roger Tator | 090907
THEVERYMANY | Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt, Jared Laucks
(invited as part of "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)
14 September - 27 November

Few night shots...
(timing: end of assembly - before final surface twicks)


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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

090907_@Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (assembly) (1)

LYON (France) | nEdg | Galerie Roger Tator 090907
(invited as part of "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)
14 September - 13 November

While waiting for a screws delivery for a new installation (due to open tomorrow!) I have finally few minutes to start posting images from that one...

4 suitaces (flying from New York to Lyon)
81.6kg (max weight allowed for two people + tolerances)
38.274 m2
0.025” thick Golden Anodized Aluminum
22 sheets 4’*8’
6 days to CNC cut
2796 individual panels (from 2 to n edges)
2796 tags (3 to 5digits)
5375 holes
6500 rivets (or 13 boxes)
5 rivet guns

10 days installation
10 people


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Saturday, October 03, 2009

091005_@_Design Modelling Symposium (Berlin)

BERLIN | Design Modelling Symposium | 05/10 - 07/10/2009
Marc Fornes has been invited as one of the key lecturer.

BERLIN | Rhinoscript Master Classe | 05/10 - 07/10/2009
Marc Fornes will also run -as part of the Design Modelling Symposium- a three session master class on rhinoscript.

From the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin website:
The Symposium sees itself as an international interdisciplinary platform of designers, developers and scientists of the disciplines architecture, design and engineering.

The fundamental technological principals of designing, planning and building have changed radically. CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) are nowadays an integral part in concept and planning processes. FEM (Finite Element Method) helps in analysing and optimising more and more complex structures. It is now possible to simulate and explore complex coherences between material, structure and climate. New materials open up the development of more effective constructions, new spatial and material experiences.

The Design Modelling Symposium would like to encourage discussion about the target course of this development by exchanging the experiences in appliance of such new technologies. Rather than the prospects of modelling complex geometries and structures, the main focus lies in new concepts and design strategies emerging from the application of new technologies. Another emphasis is the discussion of the role of analogue and digital models in the design and planning process as well as questions regarding realisation of complex geometries and construction systems.

Invited Key Lecturers
-Robert Aish, Autodesk, Inc.
"Language and Interaction for Design Computation"
-Marc Fornes, Theverymany, New York
“Different, Similar, Identical“
-Axel Kilian, TU Delft
-Wolf Mangelsdorf, Buro Happold London
“Complex Geometries: Strategies for Design and Realisation“
-Andrew Marsh, AEC-Simulation Autodesk, Inc.
"Generative and Performative Design Techniques"
-Norbert Palz, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
“Materiality without a Past“
-Helmut Pottmann, Geometric Modeling and Industrial Geometry Group, TU Wien
“Paneling Architectural Freeform Surfaces“
-Dennis R. Shelden, Gehry Technologies
"Parametric Modelling and Integrated Project Delivery"
-Kai Strehlke, Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
"CAD-CAM in the design process of HdM- the glas pattern of the Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg"
-Oliver Tessmann, Bollinger + Grohmann, Frankfurt
"Collaborative Design Procedures of Architects and Engineers“
-Rivka Oxman, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Haifa
"Digital architecture as a challenge for design pedagogy: theory, knowledge, models and medium"

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Friday, October 02, 2009

091001_@_Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (proposal) (2)

LYON (France) | n|Edg | Galerie Roger Tator 091409
(invited as part of the "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)

Few more images sent as part of an early proposal:
OPT01 | “Up Down” | inverted terrain

OPT02 | “Ground up” | inflated morphology

Early tests of "surface reconstruction":

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

090925_at_Galerie Roger Tator (Lyon) (proposal)

LYON (France) | n|Edg | Galerie Roger Tator 091409
(invited as part of the "parcours raisonance" of the Lyon Art Biennale)

Despite the installation has already open - I am somehow forced to respect the linear story telling of the blog format - so here are the very first images sent as proposal to the Galerie Roger Tator...

Here the focus of the research was to investigate the tessellation of a double curve surface beyond triangle and arrays of quad - is it possible to generate parts going from three sides to n number of sides?

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

090820_ALOBLUMS (Chile) (2)

ALOBLUMS Valparaiso (Chile) August 2009
THEVERYMANY / Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt
+ collective BANGS & many students from the workshop...

marc fornes installation. from ameliechucky on Vimeo.

Many thanks to Pablo C. Herrera for the video...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

090820_ALOBLUMS (Chile)

ALOBLUMS | Valparaiso (Chile) | August 2009

Design Team: Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt
Assembly team: collective BANGS and many students from the workshop...

sphereoid - 2m (6') approx. diameter...
70 modules (4 types)...
12 sheets of golden anodized aluminum...
cnc cut in Philadeplhia (Continental Signs)...
3700 rivets...
all packed with me on the plane as 2 check in bags (40 and 35 pounds)...


Many thanks to the collective BANGS for the invitation - especially Marcela Godoy for making that workshop happen...

Eduardo Hirose, Daniel Concha, Diego Moreno, Juan Pablo Klempau, Felipe Valdebenito, Pablo Banda, Francisco Quitral, Hermann Zbindenn, José Luis Guzmán, Victor Bunster M., Drago Vodanovic, Claudio Troncoso, Tomas Jacobsen, Miguel Aravena, Pablo Silva
Francisco Calvo, Camila Rock De Luigi, Francisco Lara, Oscar Terrazas , Gabriel Santander, Oscar Ignacio Contreras, Hernán Castro, Natalija Boljsakov, Brian Miller, Manuel Díaz, Rodrigo Ramírez, Gonzalo Andrade, Andre Geoffroy, Matias Carrera...

Pablo Barría, Begoña Arellano, Claudio Astudillo, José Narea,, Marcela Godoy, Linda Schilling

Pablo C. Herrera, Tristan Al Haddad...

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