Reflexive Architecture

…by Keystone Bouchard at 2nd Live

Reflexive Architecture at 2nd Live is a fun and fascinating architectural structure that interacts with you as you move throughout the build.  (Utterly reminiscent of something my very very dear and uber talented friend would envision and could create.)  Last night, we explored every aspect of the building, which isn’t large…but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in clean complexity, surprise, and imagination. 

Reflexive Architecture
Reflexive Architecture

It was difficult for me to capture the wonderful interplay between structure and beings (in fact I arrived early to try to do just that)…most likely because that interplay is something begging to be experienced in order to appreciate fully.  (And, no doubt, also because I’m still endeavoring to improve my picture taking skills.  Still takes me forever to set up a composition, so the “aliveness” of the building made the ready-aim-snap process even more challenging.)

In a stream of thought, the builder's rationale behind the build
Reflexive Architecture: In a stream of thought, the builder's rationale behind the build

Perhaps one of the most fun parts is the area where you walk into (and through) the description of the build.  The words literally stream by — and through and over and under — all around you, immersing you in a consciousness of thought (specifically, the builder’s thought process).   Talk about not having a loss for words…there they are, all around, smiles. 

In a stream of thought, the builder's rationale behind the build
Reflexive Architecture: In a stream of thought, the builder's rationale behind the build

But do go and wade through the building.  Along with the river of words, we found surprising corners of interaction — motion and sound and light and thought — that responded to our presence and movement.  (Check out the NPIRL post on this build, a blog that, like so very many, I feast upon for news of incredible places.)

In a stream of thought, the builder's rationale behind the build
Reflexive Architecture: In a stream of thought, the builder's rationale behind the build
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5 thoughts on “Reflexive Architecture

  1. Nice pictures! That place definitely is hard to capture in still photos.

    Another nice thing about it is that the scripts (some, or all, I’m not sure) that drive the build are available, as readable examples that can be modified and built on, from an object somewhere on premises. Rezago Kokorin used some of them for a great series of scripting workshops for artists / builders the other month (and that might be still ongoing for all I know, I’m so disorganized). People interested in looking at some well-commented scripts for making things that interact with AVs should take a look.

  2. Thank you 🙂 (and I fully admit I was helped by *several* minutes of my trying to find a decent composition). Was great fun, wasn’t it, smiles 🙂 I can so **totally** see you envisioning and creating interplay like this, from scratch or not whichever way you prefer, but in terms of uber talent to do so? yeah, there’s no question you are uber talented to the extreme…nudge nudge 🙂 🙂 (I am more than happy to help as the cheerleader!)

  3. You are welcome (and thanks for catching this blog about it). D and I had a very fun time exploring your build. And that’s wonderful that you’ll display interactive pieces made by others, with full credit! Awesome!

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