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Gravity Screens are surface constructions whose form results from gravity’s effect on their material patterning. They are composed from elastomers of different Shore hardness that allow the screens to alter their shape horizontally, from flat to curved, and vertically from collapsed to extended. Rubber’s elasticity and high weight to volume ratio make it problematic as a self-supporting material. However, the compounded effect of excessive weight on a stretchable material causes it to stiffen and hence become structural. This understanding became the basis for numerous experiments that explore the formal and material relations required to develop structures that can move between mutable and stiff.

Omar Khan (director), Dan Barry, Nellie Niespodzinski, Brian Podleski, Dexter Ciprian, Si Li, Dirk Pfeifer, Nicole Scharlau.

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