Case Study —
Exhibition & Conference

Cyber-Alchemy 2.0 — foreign affairs.

What do cybernetics and alchemy have to do with foreign affairs?

Overview

What is Cyber-Alchemy 2.0?

Unlinked creates flexibility in the open office by introducing individual spatial privacy.

Key Project Goals

Deploy parametric geometric concepts to create a kinetic design system solving an identified spatial problem.

Role & Responsibilities

Unlinked was developed with Jorge Cornet and Ayesha Ghosh under the mentorship of Chuck Hoberman and Jean Gu in the context of a seminar titled Transformable Design Methodologies pursued in the Fall of 2015 at Columbia University GSAPP. Within our team of 3, my role focused on developing a design strategy and coordinating execution.

Timeline

Unlinked was developed and completed in 8 weeks.

Today in America, the flow of materials is increasingly orchestrated through technologies issued from American defense research. The internet and SIRI were funded by the Defense and Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US Department of Defense; GPS by the US Navy; and touchscreen display by the CIA. The amalgamation of these techniques constitutes cybernetics, the science of communication between machines, humans and the environment.

Together, cybernetics and alchemy reveal the material motivations driving foreign affairs and provide the deliberate imagination with a framework for envisioning reconstruction.

Kick off the weekend with an exhibition and roundtable discussion featuring two artists from opposite sides of American military interventions in the Middle East. Gerald Sheffield served as a soldier in the US Army in Iraq; Hangama Atiqullo fled hostilities in her native Afghanistan and took Canadian citizenship.

Both Gerald and Hangama’s work explore the material conditions of the armed conflict and investigate relevant forms of reconstruction. Together, they question whether the narratives and metrics operating through the territorial and material circumstances of the war create value for the cross-cultural collectivity.

To support this effort, the millenary discipline of alchemy provides a lens of analysis. Before being eclipsed by modern science, alchemy sought to create value by strategically guiding the combining of the world’s substances through narratives and metrics. Alchemy’s open and entrepreneurial framework serves to imagine innovative artistic and architectural interventions that embrace the complexity of war and develop a large-scale vision of reconstruction.

Today in America, the flow of materials is increasingly orchestrated through technologies issued from American defense research. The internet and SIRI were funded by the Defense and Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US Department of Defense; GPS by the US Navy; and touchscreen display by the CIA. The amalgamation of these techniques constitutes cybernetics, the science of communication between machines, humans and the environment.

Together, cybernetics and alchemy reveal the material motivations driving foreign affairs and provide the deliberate imagination with a framework for envisioning reconstruction.

Reception and round table with:

Gerald Sheffield, US Army Veteran, Yale MFA’17
Hangama Atiqullo, Afghan & Canadian citizen, Yale MFA’20
Vere van Gool, Independent Curator and Associate Director of IdeasCity, New Museum
Valerie Lechene, GSAPP Incubator, Columbia MArch’17, organizer of Cybernetic Alchemy



Friday February 1st, 2019 — 6:30pm - 8:30pm
NEW INC — New Museum Incubator — Event Space
Cybernetic Alchemy 2.0 — Foreign (Material) Affairs

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Cyber-Alchemy 2.0