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Axonometry I the base as intensified landscape, humans as infrastructure
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The characters I The Biologist is augmented with food production organs. These organs create a semi-closed body circle. This circle ensures the reusing of as much “waste” material as possible.
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the base_Mr Colerman encounters Category Four (Styrofoam, latex, 55 x 55cm)
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Exhibition I at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
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model I blur body - privacy produced through fog (plaster, metal model of the scene “ Maintenance”, 20 x 30cm)
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Credits:

University of Fine Arts Vienna I 2014 Thanks to : Lukas Vejnik, Sebastian Bauer, Hannes Mitterberger, Jochen Brandhuber


2012_Category Four

Prosthetic architecture in the nomadic territory of the Alps


Category Four is unlike any other city. It’s a base station.  The project makes an attempt to reflect differently about cities. Instead of starting from the masterplan to design the city, it emerges from the smallest city unit - the hu­man body.. The faith in a shift of the relation between humans and their tools lead to the acknowledgment that the human body is architecture itself. In this project the field of architecture opens up and includes new scientific and cutting edge technology to allow architecture to evolve. This integration of investigations in the field of natural science, space science and military developments in the everyday life and Category Four is unlike any other city. It’s a base station. The project makes an attempt to reflect differently about cities. Instead of starting from the masterplan to design the city, it emerges from the smallest city unit - the human body.. The faith in a shift of the relation between humans and their tools lead to the acknowledgment that the human body is architecture itself. In this project the field of architecture opens up and includes new scientific and cutting edge technology to allow architecture to evolve. This integration of investigations in the field of natural science, space science and military developments in the everyday life and architecture allows the development of a new modus vivendi. In Category Four the essential city infrastructure is not the universal grid but the human body. It becomes a chimera of machine and organism. The essence of the project is the combination of a space suit and the Supersurface by Superstudio, and architecture as artificial nature, like the Blur building from Diller Scofidio combined with body architecture inspired by the Cuishicle by Michael Webb.

the elastic organism I The project simulates an organism which arises with the agglomeration of multiple bodies. The crew-members carry the modules of the city and create its roof through unfolding a portable smart textile. These single textile elements (artificial skin elements) link together and form the neuronal network of the base. The human body, the cybernetic organism gains the freedom to choose its surrounding and adapts faster to misanthropic environments. „Nomadic movement in smooth space, movement differentials, delay and acceleration, reorientation, continu­ous variation “ 

Social Utopia I By analyzing the body perception and the notion of space one can read off the status of science in society as well as the human understanding of the world. Open Source Economy and the idea of a democratization of science supports the design scheme of Category Four. Every crewmember can choose its tools and is therefore reinventing itself by constant reconstruction. One can reduce dependencies to the group by increasing the equipment. Smaller groups are on the move like crew members of a starship beamed onto an unknown planet. The Project pictures three characters of Category Four who comply different needs of a city. The Biologist for harvesting raw materials and nutritions, the Me­chanic for reparation and reconstruction and the Cartographer who is the navigator and archivist. Architecture as container space is replaced by space produced through the spatial relation between bodies. Space is not bordered by walls and doors but evolves continuously by the change of neighborly relations of objects. 

Intensified Landscape I The project works on two scales: the scale of the individual body and the scale of the combination of multiple bodies - the so-called base. It is a meeting point and ritual space where crewmembers exchange knowledge and introduce newbies to the system. Individual moving bodies deterritorialize the hierarchical structures of systems as well as the related rigidity of functional zoning and create a space produced through fields of differences. There is no clear idea about inside and outside. 

The space is generated through artificial skin elements. The artificial top layer detaches and unrolls itself in a specific cutting pattern depending on the activity the crewmember is doing. Fields of differences are generated around single bodies, like the cartographer, the mechanic and the biologist. The artificial skin layer resembles the Supersurface. Neuronal electronic circles from one owner connect with touching skin elements to create a neuronal information network to exchange large data. 


2012_Category Four

Prosthetic architecture in the nomadic territory of the Alps

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