Magnetic Patterning Of Concrete
Natural forces as transformative processes on surfaces
With regard to further development we are interested in possibilities and strategies for structuring surfaces according to determinable principles, and for functionalizing and designing them by means of mutually interdependent processes.
There are fundamental similarities between this line of inquiry and nanotechnological attempts to develop methods for controlling and deliberately arranging atoms, molecules, and particles.
On the nanoscopic level, magnetic positioning and patterning is used to reposition and deliberately arrange particles. This led us to investigate ways of using magnetic effects, which we employ on the macro level to alter matrices with micro- and nanoparticles. Simulated particle fields created with the help of various algorithms and the use of Processing, have enabled us to learn more about these forces. We have also been exploring possibilities for generating weakly structured patterns and nonspecific particle formations.
Our next step will be to apply these simulated processes to the concrete matrixmicrosphere system, using one specially developed procedure to magnetize the spheres. This approach generates models with their own structural logic, aesthetic, and function, which do not address the relationship between material and form in the conventional sense of perfection. Fundamentally conflicting forces can also be harnessed for design. The results include objects for installations, real-time parametric simulations, images and video sequences, as well as material samples and structural components. Inherent in this approach is a scientific methodology based on the premise that forces can only be perceived by their effects. The results depict natural forces as transformative processes affecting the states of surfaces.