ECDYSIS

ARCHITECTURE | computational design | simulation design | animation | 2016

Ecdysis is the complex behaviours through which a serpent extract itself from the confines of the old exoskeleton. Exhumation is "[..]The collapse and trauma introduced to the substantial part by vermiculated activities, incapacitating surfaces ability to operate according to topologies of the whole."[1]
 
This project presents a topological computation and agent-based surface mereology, in which ecdysis as morphological evidence of an object exhumes, displaces and perforates the peripheries and the last protecting surfaces of an object. It transmutes the architecture into excessive scarring processes, fibrosis of tissues, membranes and surfaces of the solid body. In the biological process of ecdysis, the peripheral morphogenetic shedding makes room for the new cells growing beneath.  All architecture undergoes through a sort of morphological mutation as a result of external forces. We call it to decay, but in Ecdysis the mereotopological properties of the object itself rot without a building process. As the serpent emerges from within itself, it sheds itself in the process.

[1] Negarestani, R. 2008. Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials. Anomaly Series. Re.Press.