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Digital Geologies Window Installation
July 19, 2017 - August 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 12:00PM, Foyer of the School of Performance, Ryerson Student Learning Centre.
This window installation features the work of DFZ Member Aaron Hendershott and is located in the FCAD Window in the Yonge Street facing façade of the Ryerson Student Learning Centre (see image below). The exhibition is viewable from the street and is open all day and night until August 25, 2017.
Crystallization is the natural (or digital) process by which highly-ordered microscopic structures are formed. Subtle differences in crystal growth conditions result in a high variation of different geometries that extend in all directions. In an artificially ‘found’ condition, a series or 3D fractal prototypes designed by Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) member Aaron Hendershot demonstrate the complexities of fractal geometries, complex surfaces, and emergent physical properties. The foam blocks, cut with a CNC wire foam cutting machine, form a series of vitrines — irregularly-shaped pockets, voids, and cavities to display the 3D printed prototypes.
This project was conceived by Aaron Hendershott, a Toronto-based architect and artist with a broad range of experience encompassing architecture, fashion, interior design, digital media, and public art. Hendershott is a graduate of Ryerson’s Master of Architecture program. His master’s thesis “Toward a Corporeal Architecture” examined the relationship between the human body and the built world by investigating sensing technologies and their implications in the formation of customizable or “bespoke” environments. His ongoing research has been supported by Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy, the DFZ, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
The DFZ at FCAD, Ryerson University is an interdisciplinary incubator for design and fabrication, where emerging entrepreneurs build their ideas. From concept development to three-dimensional prototyping and beyond, the DFZ facilitates the incubation and acceleration of project ideas and strategically propels them towards real-life application and business innovation. The DFZ has yielded over 250 members, 80 projects, 70 press articles, and 18 commercial businesses.
Exhibition Design and Curation
Duncan Sabiston, Tom Bessai and Meghan MacLean