Canada’s entry to the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Hylozoic Ground, was an immersive, interactive environment that moved and breathed around its viewers. The collaborative work, conceived by architect and sculptor Philip Beesley and directed by Pernilla Ohrstedt, is made of hundreds of thousands of lightweight components. The pieces are digitally fabricated, fitted with meshed microprocessors and sensors and assembled by hand.
Hylozoic Ground was fabricated over six months and took a team of five designers and 20 volunteers one month to install. Pernilla Ohrstedt also co-edited, along with Hayley Isaac, the Hylozoic Ground book. The book contains detailed design documents and essays by collaborators, theorists and designers including Michelle Addington, Rachel Armstrong, Rob Gorbet, Eric Haldenby, Geoff Manaugh, Detlef Mertins, Neil Spiller, and Cary Wolfe.
Artist: Philip Beesley