Created by the SCI-Arc faculty Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum in collaboration with Paralelo Architectos, Anachronic Landscapes is a robotic system that lives inside of an abandoned industrial structure overgrown by nature. The system executes its daily routine, nurturing the plants with water and fertilising it with fluorescent fluids. While the machine keeps the plants alive it simultaneously ignites a process of transformation forcing the plants to adapt to the new condition.
"Humanity has entered into a new phase of the Anthropocene, a hyperconnected, terraformed world, where a megastructure has emerged that is both a computational apparatus as well a governing architecture. The development cycle of new information technologies, infrastructure projects and systems of political gouvernance are vastly out of sync. Former "cities of the future" now Ghost towns, are growing in number around the globe, dying suburban shopping centers as result of the shift into a post digital society are only harbingers of what's to come. Incited by neoliberal ideals we are cementing reductive infrastructure at global scale for eternity."
Created by the SCI-Arc Faculty members Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum for the for the third annual Mextropoli Festival, Spheres of Influence is a temporary installation installed in the patio of Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Part installation and part live performance, it uses a robotic system from Staubli to paint layers of graphics (abstracted from the city) onto a series of human-scale spheres.