Elastic Matter – Test Study
I started thinking about geology, its origins and formation – its representation of passage time and presence… as John Ruskin writes about the ‘State Process and Change’.
The original ‘Matter’ I was working with is very durable but at the same time very brittle. I thought of material post production as a way to investigate the possibilities of taking an original material and traditional way to manipulate it, creating a postproduction by interfering on the making process… I wanted to address the limits of the materials, hard but fragile… I wanted to explore the malleability and warp process, this some how could address the limits of the natural material I would use to make my impossible stairs.
I made a test- ‘ elastic concrete’ – as a way to break the rigidity during the casting process by inserting elastic bands into the cast, same as the reinforced steel concrete grid casting ( replacing the steel for rubber bands). As a test I feel the result is interesting, allowing the material to weave and warp, being flexible while retain its structural qualities.
I don’t know yet ways in which to incorporate this into my staircase… Perhaps the next test would be to incorporate some form of latex into the mix, so to create a postproduction of ‘concrete rubber’… work in progress…