Blaptica/Homo 1, Phases 1-2 ​

 

A space dividing system separated humans and nonhumans in a gallery setting.

 

​Phase 1: Hollow sphenoid hendecahedrons made of sugar glass contain living roaches. Sphenoid hendecahedrons are chosen for their ability to stack infinitely, with no gaps. As total space-fillers, the forms act as an impenetrable object for humans. However, the scale allows the same forms to act as spaces for roaches. As the roaches chew through the walls of their containers (both temporary boundary and food source), they enter the adjacent geometric space. Once the roaches chew through the outermost boundary, the form no longer separates humans from nonhumans. 

 

Phase 2: The roach sugar consumption proves to be too slow for the thickness of the sugar walls. To aid in the form shifting, the stacked cells are relocated to an outdoor (eco)system. The dry, cool gallery is replaced with a damp forested area, rich with bacteria and other living organisms. As the roaches work from the inside-out, the new system components work from the outside-in. In only a few days, the forms shift, no longer distinguishing an interior from an exterior. 

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