from now until september 16, 2018, the belgian city of bruges is transformed, with the help of artists and architects, into a playground of public artworks and installations. under the theme ‘liquid city’ — a metaphor for flexibility and resiliency at a time when nothing seems certain — the 2018 bruges triennial comprises an inviting trail of temporary structures that brings people together in unexpected places. as part of this year’s event, MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY has installed ‘nonLin/Lin’ within the nave of bruges’ grootseminarie, a 17th century cistercian abbey.

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
all images © NAARO

 

 

the project, which was originally produced by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY in 2011, is an invited commission by the FRAC centre to create a new environment that merges digital and analog modes of experience. ‘nonLin/Lin’ represents an early prototypical work in mesh segmentation and structural stripes that, more recently, has been further refined into larger environments. ‘while this stands as an early proof of concept for our custom computational protocols of descriptive geometry, the environment is impressively thin and light,’ say the designers. ‘each module is made from 1mm thick aluminum stripes, and yet our team was able to crawl on the structure during its assembly.’

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
the structure has been installed within the nave of a 17th century abbey

 

 

forming a Y-shape in plan, the piece twists and unfurls along the abbey’s main axis. upon approach, the pavilion’s scale is unclear, with curious visitors drawn inside the ‘dreamy coral-like structure’. ‘openings between connecting parts filter the light that spills through the clerestory above, alternately projecting shadow and dappled light onto its interior,’ explains MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY.

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
the piece is titled ‘nonLin/Lin’

 

 

the project is made up of 6,367 non-linear stripes, and comprises 570 components that have been pre-assembled in 40 modular sections. the four-meter-high structure took three days to install on site, and can be readily taken apart and reassembled in different locations. until mid-september 2018, ‘​nonLin/Lin’​ is on display in bruges for the city’s second art and architecture triennial. elsewhere, as part of the same event, spanish firm selgascano has sculpted a sinuous pavilion that offers a peaceful retreat on the water.

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
the temporary pavilion twists and unfurls along the main axis

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
visitors are invited to explore the white aluminum structure

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
at first glance, the scale of the work is unclear

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
the project comprises 570 components that have been pre-assembled in 40 modular sections

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
the environment is impressively thin and light

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
the four-meter-high pavilion took three days to install on site

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
the structure can be taken apart and reassembled in different locations

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
‘nonLin/Lin’ remains on view until september 16, 2018

marc fornes theverymany nonlin lin pavilion bruges triennale
axonometric diagram courtesy of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

 

 

project info:

 

design and fabrication: MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY
photography: NAARO
client: FRAC centre-val de loire
triennale brugge: may 5 – september 16, 2018

  • Dear Madam ou Sir,
    Can you please mention the exact copyright of this exhibition curated by the Frac Centre-Val de Loire : « The installation of Marc Fornes is the centerpiece of an exhibition of other architectural works from the FRAC Centre collection that have evolved out of the computational turn. Liquid Architectures, curated by Abdelkader Damani, director of the Frac, asserts the Triennale theme of Liquid City with lively, fluid-like forms that upend the notion of architecture as rigidly determined and immutable »

    Marc Fornes, Non Lin / Lin, 2011 Frac Centre-Val de Loire collection

    Exhibition : “Liquid Architecture”
    Curator : Abdelkader Damani, director of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire
    Triennale Brugge : may 5 – september 16, 2018

    Sincerely yours

    Frac Centre-Val de Loire says:

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