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AEGIS HYPOSURFACE© Birmingham, UK, 1999-2001

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This project was developed for a competition for an interactive art-work for the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre foyer. The piece is a facetted metallic surface that has potential to deform physically in response to electronic stimuli from the environment (movement, sound, light,etc). Driven by a bed of 896 pneumatic pistons, the dynamic 'terrains' are generated as real-time calculations. The piece marks the transition from autoplastic (determinate) to alloplastic (interactive, indeterminate) space, a new species of reciprocal architecture.


Aegis will be on show at the 'Non Standard Architectures' exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris: December 10 2003 - March 1 2004. SIAL have contributed to three of the projects on show: Aegis, Paramorph II, and Blue Gallery, and have produced the exhibition multimedia. Mark Burry is one of the four essayists in the accompanying catalogue (summary).

Client: The Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre

Concept: Mark Goulthorpe

Design Team: Mark Goulthorpe, Prof. Mark Burry, Oliver Dering, Arnaud Descombes

Design/Implementation: Prof. Mark Burry, The School of Architecture & Building, Deakin University, Australia with Grant Dunlop

Mathematics and Programming: Dr Alex Scott, UCL; Peter Wood, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ; Xavier Robitaille, University of Montreal, Canada

System Engineering/Design: Prof. Saeid Navahandi, Dr Abbas Kouzani, The School of Engineering & Technology, Deakin University, Australia

Mathematics: Dr Alex Scott, Prof Keith Ball, University College London, UK

Engineering: David Glover of Group IV Ove Arup & Partners, London, UK

Facade Consultant: Sean Billings of Billings Design Associates, Ireland

Rubber Research: RAPRA, UK, Burton Rubber, UK

Adhesive Research: Locktite Ltd, UK

Pneumatic Systems/Fabrication: Univer Ltd, Bradford, UK

Facet Manufacture: Spanwall Ltd, Ireland

Sponsorship: National Endownment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), UK, The Arts Council, UK

Art Consultant: Vivien Lovell of Modus Operandi, formerly Public Art Commissions Agency (PACA)


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