Surface Flux

Surface Flux is an architecturally driven exhibit of spatial exploration through computationally designed and digitally fabricated surfaces. Each of the three surfaces have been inspired by a philosophical text that describes networks, objects or an individual’s relationship with their environment. Surface Flux is an exhibition by Deborah Richards, principal of Script, and Ken Marold.

Using computational processes and experimental 3D printing techniques, each surface in the exhibit engages the malleability of plastic and form, yielding artifacts that are both similar yet unique.  We experimented with computer code, the material characteristics of the plastic and the capabilities of the 3D printer to develop components that were light weight but structural, could fluctuate between aggregating as a surface or maintaining their identity as an object, and could play with light, shadow and projection.  As the components aggregate together through specific rule sets, networks emerge as distinct surface conditions. These network patterns are further extended through a series of mapped projections that function as a dynamic overlay, an immersive network layer upon the physical surfaces. 


Surface Flux
Location: Oklahoma City, Factory Obscura
Year: 2019
Designers & Fabricators: Deborah Richards (principal of Script) and Ken Marold
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova Photography
Sponsor: University of Oklahoma Humanities Forum and co-sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture