AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000
@AAMediaLab

STUDIO

INTERMEDIATE / Term 1

MS-CORE



DA-DA-DIGITAL IV

KASPER AX and THOMAS TØRSLEV JENSEN
Wednesdays, 2-5pm, 39FFF

The Dada Digital course offers a digital toolbox that integrates 3D modelling, 3D rendering and digital fabrication. The course and its methodology is inspired by the early 19th century Dadaist movement, where 3D objects were reinterpreted as purely expressive spatial artefacts using analogue means. We will dive into the same world of creativity but through computational means. This year we will put a special focus on 3D printing and the associated modelling and preparation techniques. We will focus on everyday objects and transform them into architectural components in rhino in order to output spatially complex 3D printed models.



Software requirements (to be installed prior to the course start):
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe photoshop, Rhinoceros 5 + V Ray, Grasshopper, T-splines.



Course Outline

Session 1: ANALYSIS AND REFERENCES
Wednesday 4th Oct
Introduction to Dadaism, discussion and analysis of main works.
Inspiration and reference hunting.
Hybridization and collages in Photoshop

Session 2: REINTERPRETATION IN 3D SPACE
Wednesday 11th Oct
Rhino + plug ins.
Rebuilding collages in 3D

Session 3: VISUALISATION
Wednesday 18th Oct
Rhino + plug-ins.
Visualization, rendering with V-ray.
Introduction – Digital Prototyping Lab

Session 4: PROTOTYPE 1 - ARTICULATION, SURFACE AND VOLUME:
Wednesday 25th Oct
Rhino + plug ins.
Digital prototyping.
Volumetric articulation and iterations
Resolution and scale

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: PROTOTYPE 2 - TEXTURES
Wednesday 8th Nov
Rhino + grasshopper.
Iterations and variations.
Digital Prototyping

Session 6: PROTOTYPE 3 - FINAL PIECE
Wednesday 15th Nov
Rhino + grasshopper,
Iterations and variations,
Digital prototyping

Session 7: FABRICATION
Wednesday 22rd Nov
Work in progress.
Finalising prototype

Session 8: PRESENTATION
Installation, discussion and summary



Submission Requirements:
The final assessment will be based on submission material mainly consisting of a portfolio with 25 – 30 pages, no larger than A3, and a final physical model. The contents will include:
- Minimum three photoshopped collages. Well presented with process documentation.
- Initial inspiration sources laid out with a short paragraph explaining personal interest in the selected inspiration.
- A series of visualisations (min. 3) of reinterpreted 3D model(s). I.e. high quality renderings with properly treated materials, textures and light.
- Fabrication files used for 3D printing, vacuum forming, laser cutting etc.
- Photographs of test models and coating tests.
- Final model.