a study into making things from parts and particles.


The inspiration for this project was in seeing how matter can be understood as being made up from particles. These can combine and recombine, change states and generally are in a circular flow, which puts matter in a transient state. This is an interesting model for the complex problems we face in how we use materials for production and how we conceive of objects.

Each particle follows certain rules about how it can interact with the others and the ensuing logic dictates the properties and form of the material it makes up. These rules apply across domains and dimensions and the shapes and logics are reoccurring universally. A result of the interaction of particles that can be easily experienced and is relevant to our material culture is gravity.

In our experiments objects turned out more akin to matter, as forms become more a result of their constituting parts, particles and their logic of interaction, rather than formative gestures. Several kinds of parts, particles and interactions and how they can be made to become complex objects were explored: spatial occupation models of particles like in sediments and crystals, orbital dynamics like between mutually attracting bodies and closest neighbour interaction as in folding structures and flocks.

The outcomes share the characteristics of their references in becoming complex systems made up of simple parts, reversible in their configuration and where shape, function and behaviour universally emerge from the interaction of said parts rather than specific interventions.

Studio Minale-Maeda

Sina Steiner, Charles Gateau, Yvan Caillaud, Valerie Daude

Supported by
Creative Industries Fund NL