branching tensions

Year: 2013
Size: 60 m2
Type: installation
Status: completed
Location: Beijing, China
Client: Tsinghua Fine Art School

Partners in charge: Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino
Design team: Martina Muratori, Luca Lotumolo, Lan Bai, Jing Chen, Yun Chen, Yi Liu, Xiaojing Meng, Wei Song, Qianqian Zhao (students of the 4th year Interior Design program)

External collaborator: Eva Castro (visiting professor)

This installation is the result of a workshop with students from Tsinghua Academy of Fine Arts. It comes from the understanding of design not in an aprioristic manner but as a process-based framework in which various logical operations and the performance of the different components characterize the aesthetic and emergent properties of the resulting space. We proposed a strategy in which the final shape was not given and predetermined from the beginning but was generated as a result of an “organic” construction process.
The main design elements are: hexagons of three types and scales that determine different geometric formations, elastic cables that link the connectors and balloons filled-up with water that help achieve the final tensional stability. The intervention is a tactic of punctual decisions: the design of few basic components, their location through connectors and their balancing logic once assembled together create a dynamic spatial organization that is open to further on-site alterations. The interplay of these three actors and the complex dynamic stability that is generated offers the possibility of literally playing on site allowing the students to interact, discuss and mediate altogether in the creation of their singular constellations. The trees reach a stable condition only when the final weight is applied at the bottom. Thus the operation of linking different formations together modifies the system overall balance, altering and affecting the position of every other single branch.