Jean Michel Crettaz & F. Myles Sciotto

UCSB  Media Arts & Technology 

Spring 2015 & Spring 2016

The class deployed principles of subdivision [Paper by E.Catmull and J.Clark, (1978), "Recursively generated B-spline surfaces on arbitrary topological meshes"] that are defined by mathematical sets of recursive algorithms to embrace our research premises for the development of formal exploration. The integration of subdivision as a method and thought process aligns the framework to embrace the continued development of unique designs and the generative processes that create the articulated variety of formal manifestations with geometrically intricate surfaces.

The generative process deploying such methods of subdivision initially elude scale, producing potentially endless algorithmic permutations of a scheme. The algorithmically defined expressions require careful evaluations to address the tentative levels of details indicative of formation criteria and object economy of form, complexity and material appropriation incorporating material resistance and spectra of physical production tools.

The permutation of the generative sets lead to instant variation of output. When combined with variables and evaluative functions, the process can be used to recursively optimize and calibrate material embodiment and the object ecology based the criteria of requirement, function, material resistance and aesthetic level.

Throughout the project developments critical reflection contributed to re-evaluations to focus the questions being asked and the methods being used for the further investigation and continued conversation of exchanges. The fabrication of a 3D printed object with corresponding drawings and diagrams is the result of each students particular conversation, research and development setting the framework for theoretical and practical design and art production.