Athletics of Transcendence – Legitimising computational constructs by analogical imposition

Created by Diogo Tudela, Athletics of Transcendence explores how traditional craftsmanship can appear to validate and provide depth to otherwise flat and meaningless digital constructs. Diogo's project proposes generative construction of a Grand Pavilion that finds its way into printmaking not just as a mere technical enterprise, but as a way of imposing an inherent sense of infinity into finite objects. Diogo believes that this blend of processes allows for "the digital perks of generative construction to be somehow legitimized by an analogical imposition, a physical causality that offers an unutterable spatial depth to an otherwise rather virtual and savourless set of imagery".

"Printmaking has a long-standing tradition in rendering architectural deliriums. From Piranesi’s dungeons to Boullée’s mausoleums, there’s a whole historical spectrum of oneiric or just plain impossible buildings depicted through printmaking. In that sense, the construction and representation of complex architectural models designed through cyclic and recursive algorithms finds a coherent echo in this particular media."

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