Muqarna Mutation at

Future and the Arts exhibition, 未来と芸術展

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, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition
 
Muqarna Mutation - at Mori Art Museum
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition, Michael Hansmeyer
Kioku Keizo
Muqarna Mutation - at Mori Art Museum
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition
 
Muqarna Mutation - at Mori Art Museum
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition, Michael Hansmeyer
Kioku Keizo
Muqarna Mutation - at Mori Art Museum
Muqarna Mutation, Mori Art Museum, Future and the Arts exhibition
 
Muqarna Mutation - 15,000 aluminum tubes

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, full-scale muqarna to be installed in a central exhibition room.

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. The muqarna is materialized using 15,000 hollow, reflective aluminum tubes 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

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
Fabrication: ROSO Coop Lab, Feng Chia University, Taiwan

Further information

Muqarnas Project  -  Computational Muqarnas, full project and background information on Muqarna Mutation at Mori Art Museum  Exhibitions  -  List of recent exhibitions  Mori Art Museum  -  exhibition information, Tokyo