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Muqarna Mutation, the latest work by Michael Hansmeyer

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Michael Hansmeyer | Collater.al 1

Architect and programmer Michael Hansmeyer who, through his work, explores the use of algorithms to generate and fabricate architectural forms, has completed his latest work by presenting it as a preview at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo: Muqarna Mutation. The latter represents a central piece of the art exhibition and is an installation more than 6 meters wide and at the same time very high. Muqarna Mutation looks a bit like a mega chandelier and has been algorithmically designed and manufactured in a robotic way with the aim of being installed in a central exhibition hall. The project explores how – in the context of the fourth industrial revolution – robotic calculation and manufacturing can introduce a geometric art based on precise and detailed rules.

Muqarna Mutation uses a certain type of algorithm that allows the development of a system that connects, through a massive column, the center of an exhibition hall to the ceiling. The algorithm generates hundreds of thousands of tiles on sixteen different levels. These create an ornamental transition from the column to the ceiling.

Michael Hansmeyer | Collater.al 1

An industrial mass-produced product, extruded aluminium profiles, is transformed into an elaborate ornamental structure through a radical use of computer science: an algorithm subsequently defines an intricate shape, and robots perfect and ennoble simple tubular elements into an ephemeral whole. The resulting structure transcends historical typology into something new and unprecedented.

Under the Muqarna Mutation, visitors are struck by a mix of feelings of bewilderment and curiosity: a disorienting sensory overload that partially obscures the underlying compositional logic.

PH: Kyungsub Shin
PH: Kyungsub Shin
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