This is the fourth sculpture in a series of experimental systems carried out between 2010 and 2013.     [Research Background]   The pursuit of this research was to develop a methodology to create complex structural systems within a parametric framework and to develop a criteria for assessing and discussing their success.  They each began with a simple intention and developed through their respective processes to be far more interesting than expected.  The methodology refined by these studies mandated a practiced understanding of the material processes involved as well as a dependence on feed back from iteration.    Parametric Theory, was not assumed to be inherently linked to digital algorithmic computation, but rather an exciting theoretical framework that has tremendous analog implications as well.  It is believed that the current conflagration of computational systems has served to expose us to a world that was perhaps already inherent to us, one that can and should be pursued by a multitude of techniques and art forms.    Each of these systems began with a vague intention.  Then components and connection strategies were invented to best carry out the intention.  As material and process realities affected the assembly of the systems, new limits and opportunities arose and were evaluated against the original intention, providing added authorship potential.       Acrylic Inversion Intentions     The intentions for this study were to produce a light-weight, organic system with interesting lighting properties and interior to exterior difference.     Components     Based on the two dimensional limitations of laser cutting, the components were designed to be printed and folded into their final functional shape.  Each part had both structural connectors and aesthetic shapes designed in and, to maximize the difference between outside and in, one side of each part was painted before folding. To eliminate waste, the part shape also allowed for close proximity on the sheet during laser cutting.    Aggregation/Mutation Strategy    This system is composed of   dissimilar parts with a constant connection strategy  .  The connection strategy remained the same while the part shapes were distorted.  Before laser cutting, a grid of identical parts was adjusted digitally to produce a formal mutation.  A custom script of computer code was used to cause the parts to expand based on their proximity to a set of points in digital space.  Those points were moved around until the shapes had distorted in a way that could produce an interesting form.  Because the adjustment was only to the two dimensional, unfolded shapes, the resulting form was only an assumption.  The parts were physically attached together with tabs that were locked by an interwoven grid of plastic cords that also complemented the structure with tensile strength.    The qualitative effects of this digitally mutated system are perhaps the most dynamic of all the case-studies.  As with the previous bronze studies, the dark interior appears in stark contrast to the smoother white exterior.  As stated earlier, this was achieved by painting one side of each part with a hammered texture paint.  Although the parts were perfectly laser cut from a sheet of acrylic, variations that emerged due to the inaccuracy of the heat forming process cause the assemblage to have an organic quality.  An interesting property that emerged after assembly was that of flexibility.  It is structurally sound by highly flexible which produces a subtly different form every time it is moved. Its flexibility is a property that could be carried forward in future systems that might benefit more from it.    
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