Wednesday, March 24, 2010

100325_TVMNY @ PARIS | Synesthesie Galerie

PARIS | Galerie Synesthesie | Opening Thursday 25th March
THEVERYMANY will present a new prototypic structure...

Design: THEVERYMANY / Marc Fornes
Design team: Marc Fornes, Mathew Staudt
Assembly team: Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Veronica Emig + many...
Fab: Jared Laucks

15 rue Denfert Rochereau

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

100212-0428_THEVERYMANY @ Guggenheim, NYC

GUGGENHEIM | NEW YORK, NY | Contemplating the Void
Fev 12th to April 28th 2010
THEVERYMANY has been invited to exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum, New York as part of the show CONTEMPLATING THE VOID - the exhibition will display a vision from the void of the museum from 300 artists and architects.
(invitation: David van der Leer, Assistant Curator Architecture & Design Guggenheim Museum, New York)

February 12–April 28, 2010

Since its opening in 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Guggenheim building has served as an inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. The central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years, which have been manifested in both site-specific solo shows and memorable exhibition designs. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space for the exhibition Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum. Organized by Nancy Spector, Chief Curator, and David van der Leer, Assistant Curator for Architecture and Design, the exhibition will feature renderings of these visionary projects in a salon-style installation that will emphasize the rich and diverse range of the proposals received. Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 12 to April 28, 2010.

Aristotle famously pronounced that nature abhors a vacuum, an idea that still resonates in art today. In designing the Guggenheim Museum, Wright flaunted the notion of the void, leaving the center tantalizingly (or threateningly) empty. Over the years, when creating site-specific installations or exhibition designs for the building, artists and architects have imbued the space with their presences, inspiring unforgettable works by Matthew Barney, Cai Guo- Qiang, Frank Gehry, Jenny Holzer, and Nam June Paik, among others. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim invited scores of artists to leave practicality or even reality behind in conjuring their proposals for the space. In this exhibition of ideal projects, certain themes emerge, including the return to nature in its primordial state, the desire to climb the building, the interplay of light and space, the interest in diaphanous effects as a counterpoint to the concrete structure, and the impact of sound on the environment. Conceived as both a commemoration and a self-reflexive folly, Contemplating the Void confirms how truly catalytic the architecture of the Guggenheim can be.

Submissions were received from all over the world from a wide range of artists, designers, and architects, including emerging as well as established practitioners. Among the many works in the exhibition are projects by artists Alice Aycock, FAKE DESIGN (Ai Weiwei), Anish Kapoor, Sarah Morris, Wangechi Mutu, Mike Nelson, Paul Pfeiffer, Doris Salcedo, Lawrence Weiner, and Rachel Whiteread; designers such as Fernando and Humberto Campana, Martí Guixé, Joris Laarman Studio, and Studio Job; and architects such as Álvaro Siza Vieira Arquitecto, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Greg Lynn FORM, junya.ishigami+associates, MVRDV, N55, Philippe Rahm, Snøhetta, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, and West 8. In addition to the exhibition in the Thannhauser and Annex Level 4 galleries, Contemplating the Void will be accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition Web site, which will document each submission and feature introductory essays texts by Nancy Spector and David van der Leer.

The Leadership Committee for Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum is gratefully acknowledged.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

090906_TVM @ Elga Wimmer Gallery (NYC) (3)

NEW YORK | MODOID | Elga Wimmer Gallery

Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mat Staudt,
Jared Laucks, Brandon Kruysman, Jon Proto,...

While on its way...

What that one is finally about...

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Friday, September 11, 2009

090906_TVM @ Elga Wimmer Gallery (NYC) (2)

NEW YORK | MODOID | Elga Wimmer Gallery

(pictures while assembling)

Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mat Staudt,
Jared Laucks, Brandon Kruysman, Jon Proto,...

"Extending beyond edges and boundaries in art & architecture"
August 27 - September 19, 2009 (Tuesday - Saturday noon-6:00pm)

Curated and produced by Kelsey Harrington & Christine Yogiaman

Elga Wimmer Gallery
526 West 26th St, # 310 NY NY 10001
t. 212 206 0006 c.401 316 4303


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Sunday, September 06, 2009

090906_TVM @ Gallery Roger Tator (France)

n|Edg | Gallery Roger Tator | Lyon (France) | September 2009
THEVERYMANY | Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt
Opening: Monday, September 14th


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090906_TVM @ Elga Wimmer Gallery (NYC)

NEW YORK | OVERLAP | Elga Wimmer Gallery
August 27 - September 19, 2009 (Tuesday - Saturday noon-6:00pm)
Reception: Wednesday September 9th 6:00-9:00pm

THEVERYMANY | Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mathew Staudt, Jared Laucks, Brandon Kruysman, Jon Proto

THEVERYMANY has been invited by Kelsey Harrington & Christine Yogiaman to produced not so much a piece/installation than encourage to try/test/experiment... the focus this time was not so much on a procedural level neither on a geometrical level - but rather on testing a material technique...

As pretentious as it can sound - research even in design is "somehow" like solving the Cancer - one has to focus on tiny steps - though still keeping in mind the larger picture...

MODOID - is one of those tiny steps - though still within THEVERYMANY usual agenda of procedural, large scale, short timing and low budget experimental framework...
the first of new series - so operative failures to be expected...
though come and see...


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Tuesday, August 04, 2009


NEW YORK | Bridge Gallery | Echinoids (re)configured

How many people do actualy believe in "failures"?

I do! - while giving talks/lectures I am often arguying about it - "operative failures" - in philosophy, empiricism is a theory of knowledge which asserts that knowledge arises from experience - one of many ways to gain experience is through test and trials - and within the recent jump in scale of the digital craft and the "Do it yourself" paradigm - experience requires failures...

Experiencing failure within prototypes - yes! - and despite often being displayed within art gallery THEVERYMANY's "constructs" are partly installation partly prototypes - though not so much prototypes to see if the systems is actually going to fail? - but rather when? - can failures be expected? - even better anticipated up to embodied within the geometrical system tested potential response?

"the lion sat" - a localized part of Echinoids v1.0 slowly saddled - it didn't break but suffered from "fatigue" - unexpected failure? - blind future? - I would argue for curated ones...

Temporary installation are related to time - but also budget - aggregate systems and their inherent qualities are highly depending on numbers - unfortunately numbers are often the exact opposit vector to time/budget - then if no budget the system requires carefull compositionnal search methods to maintain a scale large enough to be experienced by its viewer as architectural artefact - homogeneity could be one way to go - unfortunately spreading the elements all accross the construct while maintaining structural integrity often requires down sizing...

"until where can one go too far?"

Echinoids system is based on "calculated risk" - calculated risk is different from denying risk or maximising efforts to avoid falires - here the aggregate is designed through variation of desnties - balancing strengh and weakness - fully closed macro-systems as stable larger parts and low density members at transitional areas - a curated aggregate system allowing within its own geometric nature possible partial re-configuration - "explosion" as safe away exit strategy - allowing second lifes for a piece: from construct to environment...

That (re)configuration is only the first one possible - and therefore to be followed along the summer for eventual other ones...

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Saturday, July 18, 2009


Echinoids | THEVERYMANY | Bridge Gallery | 2009 | nyc

"-oid" is derived from the Latin suffix -oides taken from Greek and meaning "having the likeness of". Thus it is a suffix much used in the sciences and mathematics to indicate a "similarity, not necessarily exact, to something else".
Thus Rhomboid means "like a rhombus". Because -oid denotes similarity, not necessarily exact, but can also denote exactness, in chemistry the suffix refers to a very large class of related compounds, natural and/or synthetic. Examples include steroid (of which sterols are just one smaller group) and alkaloid.
(ie wikipedia)

From many parts...
Long. 13.5ft - Larg. 5ft - Height 7.5ft
530 modules
25 Sheets (4*8") Walnut veneer (800 Sft) + olive oil
1600 of Elastic bras straps (Brown, Black, Navy Blue)
4500 screws

To logistic of parts...
Lacing time: 1/2h/module - 40 modules/day!


THEVERYMANY | Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits, Mat Staudt

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Monday, July 06, 2009


Once more many parts...

98 Ochard Street New York NY 10002
Opening: Thursday July 9th
(as part of the collective show "Wild child" curated by Peter Macapia)

It is all about "rustic computation"...

Full credits shared with the MANY who made this installation possible...
Also many thanks to PRATT INSTITUTE and our friends at ANYLINE NYC for the laser cutting...

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Sunday, May 24, 2009


Proposal for an installation:
The scheme was part of a design call under the theme of "Explosion"...

THEVERYMANY very much acknowledge the fact that - even though it focuses exclusively its research and practice on what it self-defines as “explicit and encoded” techniques of design (also described by Marc Fornes as “text based morphologies”) – any design process - whenever based on a top down “idea” or theme - requires first a process of translation back into the design paradigm which is very much based on selective reading, subjective interpretations and analogies…

An explosion is a sudden increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner, usually with the generation of high temperatures and the release of gases. An explosion creates a shock wave.
A dust explosion is the explosive combustion of a dust suspended in air in an enclosed location, which results in harmful effects of overpressure, thermal radiation, and ensuing projectiles.
Deflagration (Lat: de + flagrare, "to burn down") is a technical term describing subsonic combustion that usually propagates through thermal conductivity (hot burning material heats the next layer of cold material and ignites it). Most "fire" found in daily life, from flames to explosions, is technically deflagration.
Detonation is a process of combustion in which a supersonic shock wave is propagated through a fluid due to an energy release in a reaction zone. It is the more powerful of the two general classes of combustion, the other one being deflagration. In a detonation, the shock compresses the material thus increasing the temperature to the point of ignition. The ignited material burns behind the shock and releases energy that supports the shock propagation. This self-sustained detonation wave is different from a deflagration, which propagates at a subsonic rate (i.e., slower than the sound speed in the material itself). Because detonations generate high pressures, they are usually much more destructive than deflagrations.
A shock wave (also called shock front or simply "shock") is a type of propagating disturbance. Like an ordinary wave, it carries energy and can propagate through a medium (solid, liquid or gas) or in some cases in the absence of a material medium, through a field such as the electromagnetic field. Shock waves are characterized by an abrupt, nearly discontinuous change in the characteristics of the medium.
When a shock wave passes through matter, the total energy is preserved but the energy which can be extracted as work decreases and entropy increases. This, for example, creates additional drag force on aircraft with shocks.

While that design proposal isn't about “reproducing”, "simulating" or even "mimicking" the esthetic of an explosion – the project is proposing a very articulated geometrical assembly based on specific and curated themes extracted within the field of explosion…

- Projectiles – the project is investigating the concept of numerous “parts” able to produce a non linear assembly – all the parts owns to a precise initial catalogue and can be reconfigured in a similar manner then projectiles can be re-assembled (in theory) into their original parent morphology…
- Increase of volume – the project is looking at ways to create volume from planar components all CNC cut from sheet based materials…
- Propagation through medium – while there is a very limited amount of initial geometrical primitives – the project investigates construction sequence through color differentiation across the entire construct…
- Enclosed location – well…

To be continued...

Proposal for: SELFRIDGES London October 2008
Team: Marc Fornes, Skylar Tibbits
Scripting: Marc Fornes

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

090105-07_Rhinoscript Workshop (Calgary)

LOG 2009.01.05-07: Marc Fornes will run a three days Rhinoscript Workshop at the FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN | University of Calgary | Canada
(invitation: Jason S. Johnson)

THEVERYMANY will also produce & build a new proto-arch - more to come...
(opening on Friday 9th)

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Great blogging again since experiencing some issues with blogspot (and by now kindly sort out by their technical team - THX!) - so hopefully this post will start a series of updates on few projects, colab or research I have been involved with those last few weeks/months...

As a very first update - I would like to congratulate Skylar Tibbits for his final thesis project - "Tesselion" - MANY CONGRATS!!

Skylar - now associate within theverymany on several projects - has invited me several months ago to extend one of THEVERYMANY's on going research and investigation onto Nurbs surface - recently entitled "Partly Surfaces" - or ways to describe them and reconstruct them through different tessellation studies exclusively using flat parts (for simple "constructability" issue)...

Officially invited as thesis advisor my only reserve at the time was -in order to step ahead from the now over crowded paradigm of cosmetic components array onto surface- to require a scale one test proof of the system that would eventually be developed - so here it is finally standing! (hopefully more pictures to come & already many more on the Tesselion blog)

and yes - this can not been seen as "architectural" but rather to my eyes as required "prototypical"...

TESSELATION : Adaptive Quadrilateral Flat Panelization.

Skylar Tibbits (design & code)
Marc Fornes (thesis & code advisor)

Material Sponsor: Alliance Metals (
Fabrication Sponsor: Jared Laucks and Continental Signs (

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Saturday, April 19, 2008


Finally back from several events and wanderings all over the place (Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Barcelona,...) - here is a first update on the prototype THEVERYMANY produced for Node08 / Frankfurt.

Its assembly has this time been a success (and hughe improvement since v1.0) as it took less than 24 hours & 2 people & 2 laptops to (re-)assemble the 360 panels and 320 nodes...

Once more demonstrating us "one better spend its time within development embedding assembly logic rather than waiting the material world to solve the fuzzines..."

(I will update the "information modeling" improvements on the previous post more focused on the digital back bone approach of the piece...)

"Aperiodic Vertebrae v2.0"
THEVERYMANY (project team: Marc Fornes / Skylar Tibbits)
NODE08 (
April 5th - 12th, Frankfurt / Germany

Many thanks to Eno Henze ( & the entire VVVV team ( for their invitation & sponsorship

Also many more thanks to our sponsors for the piece:

- Quadrant EPP USA, Inc. ( > provided us sheets of polyethylene (3/16″ thick)

- Continental Signs ( and Jared Laucks > CNC cut of the panels

- Dick Dunlop > laser cut of the 320 unique connections (3/16″ acryclic)

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