Acoustically Responsive Wall Paper - 2006
“A field condition is any formal or spatial matrix capable of unifying diverse elements while respecting the identity of each. Field configurations are loosely bound aggregates characterized by porosity and local interconnectivity. The internal regulations of the parts are decisive; overall shape and extent are highly fluid. Field conditions imply a shift from the one toward the many, from individuals to collectives, from objects to fields. Field conditions are bottom-up phenomena, defined not by overarching geometrical schemas but by intricate local connections. Interval, repetition, and seriality are key concepts: a shift from demarcating lines to unifying surfaces. Program and event can unfold freely across the given field. Form matters, but not so much the form of things as the forms between things.”
Stan Allen, Index Architecture, ed. Bernard Tschumi, The MIT Press. Cambridge, MA, 2003
Disperse re-lines the walls of an existing space with, as Stan Allen phrases it, a “field condition” where the “internal regulation of parts” is driven by measurable, local site forces. Those forces stem from performance driven room requirements not addressed satisfactorily by the existing space; namely acoustic, pin-up, and display needs. Disperse folds together those needs through the deployment of a dynamic pattern. While the pattern evolved in direct response to room performance criteria, its end effect projects an air of excess and superfluity; it feels decorative. At once, the project seems engineered or calculated and gestural or whimsical. This blurring is a strength of the project, and is a critique of the disconnect between reason and intuition. It is perfectly acceptable to understand the project as glorified wallpaper or as a technical response to tangible problems. It is conceived as both.
Decoration / 306090 Books, Volume 10