Heather Roberge at the Cooper Union


Heather Roberge's "Gestural GPS" Featured as Part of Upcoming Cooper Union Exhibition

"Gestural GPS," an experimental drawing from UCLA AUD chair and principal of murmur, Heather Roberge will be featured as part of an upcoming exhibition "Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation: Volume II" at The Cooper Union. 

The exhibition, the second volume in a series organized by the CCA Digital Craft Lab, will feature experimental drawings by architects who explore the impact of new technologies on the relationship between code and drawing: how rules and constraints inform the ways we document, analyze, represent, and design the built environment.

Project Description: 

Coding is not often considered a tool for positioning subjects in relation to objects. Rather coding is deployed to distribute geometry, optimize material or shape, or negotiate parameter sets. These operations work on and with objects rather than on the spacing or interval between things. Our drawing considers how coding might produce new forms of visuality and perception seeking to draw without the objectivity of orthographic projection or the monocular vision of the station point camera. This is in response to our interest in exploring the impact of technology on field of view. The inventions of optical devices have long shaped concepts of visuality. This drawing considers how the algorithm constructs forms of visuality.

Our code is a simple script that numerically locates two cameras at distinct x, y and z coordinates. The script allows six degrees of freedom in camera positioning. Our objective is to use coding as a GPS device for producing a series of gesture drawings. The gesture drawing is a short duration hand sketch meant to capture objects in motion. The object we view here is an askos, a classical Greek vessel for transporting wine. The form of the askos is bilaterally symmetrical with a distinct front and back, top and bottom. Its form is well suited to reveal the location of a moving subject. Our code composites two views of the askos producing a numerically controlled stereoscopic image. Each camera views half of the object and two scenes are composited in each drawing. The algorithm operates as a device to construct new forms of vision. After all, without sight, distributions of matter might only be sensed as math.

The exhibition is presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and California College of the Arts / Digital Craft Lab and curated by Andrew Kudless and Adam Marcus. It opens on January 22 and will run through February 23, 2019.  

More at: https://cooper.edu/architecture/exhibitions/drawing-codes-experimental-protocols-architectural