Evolving Formations

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Client: MITIMCo

Location: Boston, MA, United States

Completion date: 2020

Project Team

Artist

Shuli Sade

Sade Studio

Senior Art Consultant

Suzi Hlavacek

Boston Art

Overview

Evolving formations, an interdisciplinary study of simple complexity systems is a data-driven matrix fusing actual site-specific zoning plan arrangements and fictional landscapes. Drawn from Cambridge’s local iconic architecture and site plans the DNA of an urban plan defines its form, function, and future. Enlarged Nanoparticles replace micro pixels singled out from the photographs to create complex networks outlining a mathematical rhythm. These composed patterns floating in and around the artwork are represented by an interdisciplinary approach, combining two-dimensional artwork with augmented objects. Admitting augmented reality onto the space near the actual prints suggests parallel worlds in which it becomes possible to go beyond the limits of real space and time, moving between material and immaterial, flat and sculptural. This interrelation creates a perfect simulacrum as fragmented data replaces reality with its representation. Inspired by MIT educational platforms of pushing the boundaries of knowledge and possibilities the artwork considers the design of the place, the material and color of the interior and exteriors, the facade, and a delicate harmony between concrete, wood, terrazzo, and glass. The artwork is inspired by iconic buildings on the MIT site.

Goals

Placemaking is an important goal for public commissions such as Evolving Formations. The piece brings life, art, and educational messages highlighting an elevator's hallway, otherwise a public rapid pathway between the lobby and the upper floors.

Process

We first met at the studio to introduced my ongoing work to our clients and art consultant which led to a productive collaboration. I begun the process of research, developing ideas, and exploring material possibilities followed by virtual meetings and other forms of communication. Our collaboration has been the highlight of this past year, in which we managed to remain creative and follow deadlines despite the lockdown. Throughout the process, we collaborated with Weiss Manfredi architects, a highly professional team of NYC fabricators (Duggal), and a highly experienced team of Boston Art installers. We all met again on the day of installation for a true celebration, achieving our goals on time and in harmony with the ambiance of the Lobby.

Additional Information

Inspired by MIT educational platforms of pushing the boundaries of knowledge and possibilities the artwork considers the design of the place, the material and color of the interior and exteriors, the facade, and a delicate harmony between concrete, wood, terrazzo, and glass. The artwork is inspired by iconic buildings on the MIT site, such as The Green Building, ( I.M.Pei 1962–1964), The Great Dome, (William Welles Bosworth 1916), and 314 Main Street, (Weiss Manfredi 2020). …within the apparent randomness of chaotic complex systems, there are underlying patterns, interconnectedness, constant feedback loops, repetition, self- similarity, fractals, and self-organization (Chaos theory).