‘Canary’ed, Yellow: Spontaneous Forms’

Yiran Zhao

‘Canary’ed, Yellow’


Perry Kulper


Arguably, pervasive digital design methods limit the potential of generating spatial formations to a technologically driven, mathematically derived paradigm. This thesis utilizes a processing system that is independent, leveraging hidden characteristics of civilization, spatial realms and lost characteristics, ultimately translating them into a new spatial logic. ‘Spontaneous Forms’ speculates about how culture and history might be pixelated and fragmented, all the while processing heterogenous parameters through an innovative, technologically motivated system.

The work is based on a scenario where space worms travel across space, dropping shadows, and scanning hidden information—regenerating formations in accordance with the gathered data. The spontaneous formations are evidence of their presence.

The system that translates the information contains three parts: Input-scanning and probing; Processing-collating and reorganizing input, subsequently generating multiple combinatory genetic logics; and Output: genetic information that is transformed into visible formations.

This process reinvents and reorganizes the latent relationship between cultural and historical fragments—the genetic contributors, drawn out of hiding, readying for processes of speciation. Hybridization processes transform the relational structure among the metaphorical parents, reinventing their characteristics towards emergent communicative potential.

Utilized as staging ground for the generated species, the Battlefield appears as a vast, barren landscape—a mimetic heritage of the ruins, charged with preserving historical and cultural information.

An innovative technological system unveils the buried information, creating hybrid formations motivated by multiple genetic inputs—retaining myriad relations to lost civilizations that shadow the situation. Tactically selected, a quasi-real, quasi-invented site is based on evidentiary traces of a Mongol tomb, linked etymologically to other thesis construction factors. Mysterious monuments surround the tomb—tracing the Mongolian conquest of Europe and Asia during the 13th century. The speculative proposition is a collection of evidence, sourced by space worms, across the trajectory of the Mongolian invasion of Europe.