limbic

2012, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Limbic proposes a tool to promote collaboration and capture the moments when individuals begin to work as symbiotic beings. Within its surface it documents the gradual synchronization of motion, physical commuication, and the interplay between these points in time.

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Through this object, I look to further understand the point, that 'AHA' moment, when people begin to work not as individuals but as a collective group. Limbic is a tool that is designed to be operated when three people decide to work together. The object is a two-axis three-degree drawing device. A person controls a single control point manually, having to respond to the others’ input to create a line drawing in the glass bead surface.

The process included a year of research into sources of creativity, sensory deprivation, brain function, and finally arriving at an exploration into studies of group deprivation and dynamics. The physical process involved self-experimentation; throwing myself into new experiences and studies to better understand the root of my own behavior and help apply my newly gleaned information into design.

The base form tapped into a preexisting geometric based visual style established in earlier projects and highlights my philosophy of continuous discovery. Choosing a new medium to realize the final physical form, and with the help of Kerr Concrete in Evanston, Illinois, I received a crash course in glass fiber reinforced concrete processes and hand made each form. GFRC concrete turned out to be a wonderful new medium, providing incredible strength and flexibility when working with complex forms, yet being lightweight enough to transport with each individual section weighing 175 pounds.

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