Mac Fornes of THEVERYMANY created two permanent installations – Sous Tension (2013) and Under Stress (2014) – at the Department of Computer Science in the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique – INRIA) in Rennes. The light aluminum structures were designed as social catalysts for the school’s public areas. They express the tension between the dynamic interactions from the multi-directional and converging paths within the public spaces, the practice mentions. The location for these installations couldn’t be better, as the vision and approach of the New York based studio is focused on engaging Art and Architecture through the filter of systematic research and development into applied Computer Science and Digital Fabrication.
The design concept is enhanced by the technical component of the two projects, as the geometry and patterns were optimized by programming techniques. As Marc Fornes states, the premise was distributed “agents parts” following tension “lines”/direction along the surface – the organic shapes derive from the study of stress flows obtained from structural analysis (for Under Stress) and tensions lines (for Sous Tension), while the patterns are achieved by breaking down the overall surfaces in thin aluminum stripes connected with rivets. With a result described as a complex vector system forming a stable non-linear structure, these installations offer great examples of how contemporary technology can be used in art.The two parametric sculptures have become a symbol for INRIA.
By: Ana Cosma