ION POPIAN – Mental Fabrications Exhibit Brief
Technology has long since adapted our bodies to the world. Voyager-Challenger Deep-impact suits, these have all extended our purview higher, deeper, and guarded us against the destructive forces we bring upon ourselves. Mental Fabrications proposes a technological intervention focused on our own depths in order to extend our mental not physical facilities. It proposes a human-machine relationship, a pairing that isolates our unconscious from our entirely too human subjective filter. Where a pencil extends our intellectual world through the stylized articulations of our hands, this project explores the potential for architecture and urbanism to develop by giving our unconscious lives an unmediated chance to be formative in the design process. Before we are human we are something else. Base pairs making up our DNA strands combine according to non-human attraction infinitely reorienting in relation to one another to create diversity. A computer code modeled after these processes can exceed its computational potential becoming generative in its own right. Creating a forum where this peculiar human-nonhuman relationship can flourish opens the way to design that is responsive, living, and can contribute to the world it inhabits.