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Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

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In Rhythmic Fragments

In Rhythmic Fragments

It was but yesterday I thought myself a fragment quivering without rhythm in the sphere of life.
Now I know that I am the sphere, and all life in rhythmic fragments moves within me. —Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam

In Rhythmic Fragments is a biophilic spatial installation that translates mensurated motions into kinetic architectural boundaries. Inspired by the rhythmic flows of liveliness observed at varied scales in the natural environment, the installation aims to engage our mind as a physics engine with contemplative content to evoke lived experience and inspire the sense of being mesmerized and mindful.

In a hyper-constructed future where untouched nature is lost, In Rhythmic Fragments aims to evoke our perception of and connection to the natural world through interaction with kinetic behaviour in future architectural spaces. As systems theory and gestalt perception thread our observation of motion hand-in-hand, concepts of uniformity and randomness, unison and separation shape our own rhythmic movement from individuals to individuals as part of a broader social group. Interaction with In Rhythmic Fragments primes this awareness of our movement through synchrony and asynchrony in its kinetic flows.

Blending their disciplinary backgrounds, Dalia Todary-Michael and Saria Ghaziri explore responsive kinetic architecture and performative concepts of liveliness and spatial cognition in the built environment.