MORPHING TOPOLOGIES . 2010
Spheres, cylinders, and cubes are a small handful of plutonic shapes which can be described by a single word. However, most shapes cannot be found in the dictionary. When a designer designs, would a designer prefer to design with the relatively few shapes found in the dictionary or all the possible shapes in the world? Many contemporary digital tools use a fixed symbolic interface, similar to that of the dictionary. When a designer wants to create a sphere, the designer clicks on the icon and draws a radius. If a shape is defined by a single symbol, all the designer can do is manipulating the matter of that shape. Like a ball of clay, the sphere can be stretched, twisted, pulled and cut. If the sphere was defined by a parametric equation, it becomes defined by a ruled based logic that contains parts smaller than it.
By manipulating the shape’s "DNA" or trigonometry, it becomes clear that there is a new range of geometric freedom that could not have been imagined in the other "world." Since the smallest morphemes themselves are being altered, understanding how each function influences a particular transformation becomes obvious. In this experiment a sphere is peeled apart, twisted, and looped around itself. It is only possible to transform a sphere in this manner because of the periodic nature of mathematics.