Call for mutations // The Mutated Shelter Project

  • Deadline:
    Nov. 1, 2014, midnight

Project Website:

MSP is an interactive database archiving mutations of an 8ft x 10ft x 10ft wooden stick frame structure. We are looking for artists, engineers, and layman to generate and submit iterations - new designs and warped versions - of the basic 3D modeled template, which can be downloaded from the website.

All submissions will be compiled into a publication at the end of this year, and selected models will be 3D printed for exhibition in Baltimore MD. All participants will receive a free copy of the publication.

Models will be judged by a panel of artists and designers:
Ryan Hammond
VISA (Sara Martin and Xavier Valentine)
Bryan Collins
Amanda Horowitz
Rivkah Khanin

To apply go to:

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ABUSED STRUCTURES : reproductions and clones

The engineering mindset says yes or no. To each design problem, there is a most efficient solution. In defining efficiency, with the goal of mass producing products and environments, engineering must construct a universal value system. A best world for all, a heirarchy that defines an endgoal, and designates what is expendable in the reductive process of maximizing gains. The process of engineering, which grew out of the industrial revolution has produced technologies and materials that opened up new realms of making as well as new pathways for consumption. It's core principals (standardization, abstraction, and decoupling) allow for the simplification of designs to enable cheap and abundant products. Through the reductive nature of this process, the diversity and richness of forms is diminished, homogenizing and flattening terrains. The industrial revolution and the engineering mindset gave rise to, as artist and designer Daisy Ginsberg put it, "desirable uniformity and uniform desires.

TRIADIC LOGIC : an exercise in mutation

Today's computational systems run off of Binary, a series of yes or no, 1 or 0 answers that in combination can create complex, yet inflexible and didactic phenomena. Triadic logic introduces a third answer, one which permeates all complex physical systems and is the driver of the evolutionary processes which have generated the incredible variety of biological forms on earth. This ingredient is noise, randomness, mutation, incoherance. MSP seeks to explore this third answer by exploring multiplicity.

photo credit to Rivkah Khanin