Matter is not always static; matters can morph. Cells divide, leaves grow, octopuses transform, robots reconfigure, bread rises and pasta swells. Once we start to observe the physical world through a lens with both temporal and spatial dimensions, we see a morphing reality.
The Grown, The Made: In nature, morphing has always been critical – it is about growth and survival; a matter of life itself. Along with historical scientific observations, insights and theorems on natural morphing matter, shapeshifting permeated the dreams and fantasies of mythology, folklore, fiction and the human imagination. How can we harness this dynamic potential for the design of our built environment in a world where morphing is no longer unique to nature?
The Hybrid: Automorph is a diverse group of designers, physicists, and architects who are exploring the concept of self-morphing as a paradigm shift in shaping matter toward a more sustainable future. They believe that differences and incompatibilities, traditionally seen as sources of instability, can create unique and original outcomes in our hybridized environment. By learning from nature and studying systems of geometric frustration, Automorph aims to develop self-morphing systems in various materials and scales. In the installation, a self-morphed structure of undulating partitions will evoke different imaginary environments, representing the land, underwater, and urban worlds. These landscapes will be enhanced by video projections of self-shaping systems from nature and from laboratories, highlighting the creative power of well-managed differences in shaping our future.
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Antonio de Simone
Racah Institute of Physics
HUJI ESPCI-PSL / CNRS / SorbonneU / UParisCité
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Applied Mathematics, SSSA