SLIVER Lecture Series
Organized by: Kristy Balliet, Alexandra Graupner, Niels Jonkhans, Angelika Zelisko
Graphic Design: Paulus M. Dreibholz
SPRING SEMESTER 09: Voluminous
Sliver Lecture series highlights architects and designers in search of the
voluminous. Voluminous designs are characterized by a sophisticated use of
fullness and volume to generate complex spatial atmospheres that challenge the
flat, autonomous surface.
desire for greater spatial effect and variation has lead architects and
designers to synthesize massing, skin and structure while simultaneously
amplifying the intricate distinctions between them. This exploration has
produced an intriguing body of voluminous design notable for its use of
volumetric depth on scales both subtle and grand. Undulation, bulging,
folding, creasing and laminated, layered masses are only a few techniques
deployed in recent designs.
to the voluminous is clearly note-worthy; each lecturer in the series explores
a unique region of techniques and design logic giving rise to voluminous
environments or conditions.
WINTER SEMESTER 08: Information Obsession
The 2008 Sliver Lecture
series combines emerging topics of information deployment and generation. The
series samples from the myriad of artists and architects engaging in the
processes of Advanced Technologies, Computational Techniques, Algorithmic Codes
and Digital Fabrication.The manipulation and layering
of information contributes to the demystification and transparency of the
design process. No longer simply a tool,
computational modes are the new digital medium shaping the contemporary
environment. The boundaries between neighboring disciplines have eroded, merging
technical culture and pop culture to create a highly refined set of exchanges
that are available to a broad audience.
Overlapping fields have created intriguing hybrids that simultaneously
tackle issues of architecture, visual design, and art.
Each lecturer deals with the concept of interface and operates with a range of scales and materials. In various ways, they incorporate pattern, organization, assembly, repetition, precision, transformation, and visualization into their work.