Muqarna Mutation at

Future and the Arts exhibition

AI, Robotics, Cities, Life - How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Curated by Fumio Nanjo and Kenichi Kondo
2018-11-19 / 2020-3-29

Muqarna Mutation - Michael Hansmeyer, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展
Kyungsub Shin
Muqarna Mutation - at Mori Art Museum
Muqarna Mutation tube detail, Michael Hansmeyer, Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展
 
Muqarna Mutation detail - 未来と芸術展
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展
 
Muqarna Mutation - at Mori Art Museum
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展, Michael Hansmeyer
Kioku Keizo
Muqarna Mutation - at Mori Art Museum
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展, Michael Hansmeyer
Kioku Keizo
Muqarna Mutation - Tube detail
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展
 
Muqarna Mutation - 15,000 aluminum tubes
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展
Kyungsub Shin
Muqarna Mutation - 15,000 aluminum tubes
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum -Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展
Kyungsub Shin
Muqarna Mutation - Future and the Arts exhibition

Muqarna Mutation: Concept

Muqarnas - elaborate ornamental vaultings - are some of the earliest and most impressive examples of a rule-based architectural design. They combine architecture, mathematics, and art to form highly intricate and complex stalactite structures. Today, advances in computational design and digital fabrication invite us to revisit these typologies.

For their Future and the Arts exhibition at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the curators commissioned a Muqarna Mutation: an algorithmically designed, robotically fabricated, 6-meter wide muqarna to be installed in a central exhibition room.

Muqarna Mutation reconceives historical muqarna archetypes and explores how - in the context of the fourth industrial revolution - computation and robotic fabrication can bring the splendor of such a rule-based geometric art into the future.

A selective subdivision algorithm generates hundreds of thousands of tiles set among dozens of tiers to create an extragavant ornamental transition from column to ceiling. Robots refine and ennoble a mass-produced industrial product, aluminum profiles, into an elaborate structural ensemble: 15,000 individual aluminum tubes are suspensed from a robotically-milled, tiered base.

Standing beneath the muqarna, visitors are struck by a mix of bewilderment and curiosity: a disorientating sensory overload partially obfuscates the underlying compositional logic. Patterns are readily discernible as one changes perspectives, only to disappear again amidst the endless reflections.

Muqarna Mutation in figures

Venue: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Future and the Arts exhibition [未来と芸術展]
Installation: Muqarna arising out of the central column of a 110m2 exhibition room
Geometry: 300,000 individual tiles in 16 tiers
Material: 15,000 aluminum tubes, high density EPS base
Dimensions: 5.8m diameter, 2.3m height

Team



Fabrication Lead:   Yu-Ting Sheng 盛郁庭 (Feng Chia University)
Shih-Yuan Wang 王識源 (National Chiao Tung University)
Meng Hao 孟浩 (RoboticPlus)

Structural support:   Chen-Tung Chen 陳建同 (YUMU)
Kuan-Fan Chen 陳冠帆 (FA.S Studio)

Fabrication Assistants:   Fei-Fan Sung 宋非凡
Che-Wei Lin 林哲蔚
Wei-Tse Hung 洪維澤
Yu-Hsuan Pang 龐宇軒
Chung-Chieh Cheng 鄭中杰
Yi-Heng Lu 陆亦恒
Nai-Wei Lai 賴乃葳
Chieh-I Liu 劉婕怡
Chang-Chin Lee 李長錦
Shih-Kai Fan 范士凱
Yu-Syuan Wei 魏雨萱
Ching-Yun Tseng 曾慶芸
Ying-Yu Chen 陳盈佑
Yu-Wei Cheng 程昱維
Qin-Fei Liu 劉沁霏
Yen Heng Cheng 鄭硯恆

   

Partners and Sponsors



• Graduate Institute of Architecture - National Chiao Tung University
• RoboticPlus 大界機器人
• Nan Pao Resins Chemical
• YUMU Manufacture and Research
• A.S. Studio 原型結構工程顧問有限公司

Muqarna Mutation is a commission by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, for its Future and the Arts exhibition [未来と芸術展]. It premiered in November 2019.

Fabrication




Fabrication of the Muqarna Mutation took place at the ROSO Coop laboratory of Feng Chia University, Taiwan, under the expertise of Yu-Ting Sheng and Shih-Yuan Wang.

Further information

Muqarnas Project  -  Exploration of computational muqarnas, with full background info on Muqarna Mutation  Exhibitions  -  List of recent exhibitions  Mori Art Museum  -  exhibition information, Tokyo