In 3D: Click and drag to pan and tilt, roll the mouse wheel to zoom, shift-click to re-center.
Rational Forms is an interactive installation work-in-progress. Forms are generated using "rational distortions" of spherical bodies: "rational" in the sense of being produced by the ratio between two mathematical equations, but the play on words is intended: their purpose appears completely irrational. Are they chairs and tables? Space stations? Impractical tableware? I personally find these shapes to occupy an interesting border-region between sublime and humorous.
The same ratios that determine the distortions of the shapes directly imply sonic waveforms, and thus each shape, more than being any sort of object, is in itself a physical/virtual embodiment of a possible sound.
In the proposed installation version of the piece, the forms will be projected in the installation space, navigable and selectable by the viewer-listeners using simple motion capture (see Minimum Movement Database, my project with Maho Ogawa, for an example of how this navigation and selection will be realized). The sounds of the selected forms will be heard in the space, allowing viewer-listeners to explore and "perform" the implied sound worlds of these forms.
Separately, the forms themselves will be 3D-printed in ceramic and exhibited as physical objects. How the physical versions of the forms will relate to the sonic-interactive portion of the installation is yet to be determined.
The work was born from a childhood memory: On gift-giving occasions I would always receive plastic models to build. At a very young age I began a practice of laying out and photographing the individual model pieces before assembling them: I wanted a way of remembering the strangeness of these forms out of context, before they came together as a plane, a ship, a spacecraft.