Week 12 - Reverse Engineering
REVERSE ENGINEERING ACTIVITY!
1) what we thought was inside
2) what was really inside
3) a combination of both
Some crazy telepathy stuff happened today with Eddie and I! We chose the same object and both decided that there was a little dude inside controlling the cogs… After taking it apart it turned out there wasn’t a little dude inside but there were cogs so I guess we were half right!
Thanks Clare for these awesome posters!
P.S. sorry guys but in my classes we do need bibliographies and you may indeed have more text than these posters…or you might have none at all ;)
Posters don’t need to necessarily have a lot of text. I don’t need bibliographies etc but am looking for creative (or uncreative) approaches to representing and conveying your research through course concepts. Here are a few posters of various origin. You might have more text than this but check out the nice visuals.
Ron Arad, in reverse, 2013
Ron Arad is an Isreali-born, London-based architect, artist, and designer. His recent exhibition, in reverse, explores the form of the fiat 500 by reversing it into the 2-dimensional plane:
‘in reverse is an exhibition about the shift from the physical to the digital – except in reverse. rather than manipulate materials to render them functional or render digital models towards a functional object, here I ‘reverse’ perfectly functional objects and render them useless‘.
– Ron Arad, quoted on designboom.com
Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Par Avion, 2011
In this work contemporary Australian artists Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro deconstruct the form of a Cessna 172 aircraft and airmail its individual parts from Roma to Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern gallery in San Francisco. Commenting on the effects of their ‘reverse-engineering’ of their aircraft’s form, Healy and Cordeiro reflect:
‘The wreckage of the plane that no longer has the capability of flying will be given new means of movement. The speed, maneuverability and size were once the distinguishing features of the aircraft but these have now been stripped away, and the object of these qualities arranged as isolated components. The method of delivery may bring some order out of disorder or lay to rest some of the intrinsic purposes of the original airborne machine’.
– Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro quoted on their website, url below.
Week 12 - Reverse-engineering
This week we will be thinking about reverse-engineering. Reverse-engineering is a design process that involves deconstructing objects in order to learn more about the processes that produced them. What can be made by taking something apart? What can we learn from examining the relationship between an object and its constituent parts? How can a conceptual process deliver a new object from existing parts?
Robert Morris, Box with the Sound of Its Own Making, 1961
Robert Morris’ Box with the sound of its own making has been highly influential on conceptual art since it was produced in the early sixties. The work is also interesting to think about in terms of ‘reverse-engineering’. While viewing the final object it is impossible not to consider the process that produced it. Morris explains how his work resolves the split between process and object:
‘The first object I made when I came to New York was a box with sound, which is a cube about eight inches on a side. I recorded the sound of making this box and put a speaker in it so that it plays for three hours the sounds of its being constructed. And it wasn’t conscious with me but I think this was again … I mean this completely split the process and the object. And yet put them both back together again. So in some way I think this was a work that allowed me then to go ahead. I mean really resolved that conflict that had occurred in painting’.
– Interview with Robert Morris by Paul Cummings, March 10, 1968, http://www.aaa.si.edu