PROJECT TYPE: Research, Object
LOCATION: Autodesk Pier 9, San Francisco, USA
DATE: Spring 2017
MATERIAL: Milled aluminium positive, mold-making silicone, transparent polyurethane resin
TECHNIQUE: Mold making, Casting
DIMENSIONS: 40cm x 25cm x 2.5cm
EXHIBITED: The Midnight Special, Volume Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2017

Benediktas Burdulis: Research project done during residency at Autodesk’s Pier 9

The smoothness of milled aluminum patterns translates very well into cast resin, resulting in a transparent surface.
This transparency allows the milled patterns to visually overlap and create interference, or moiré.
These interference patterns shift as one moves around the object, giving it an ephemeral materiality, like a surface that is constantly changing.

Optical Surface Studies 01-03

How can objects be made to take on and emphasize the ephemeral qualities of the environment and the light around them?
Can they, at the same time, offer experiences of sensing one’s own visual perception?
Can these small visual disruptions in a space become strong enough to cause people to slow down and “sense themselves sensing” the space?

In order to create such visual experiences on an object scale, their perceived effects need to be more concentrated than if they were at the immersive scale of a building.
This asks for materials and surfaces that are very responsive to light.

The results of these first tests are objects with surfaces that react to ambient light and their surrounding spaces with different techniques and in different orientations.
It’s important not to focus too much on the object itself, but rather on the visual and spatial experience that it provides.