The ConcreteCube was a university project within a material experimenting course. The aim was to research the inherent potential of the concrete and to find new approaches of the material. I tried to answer the following questions: What is the connection between the concrete and the materials of the molds? In what extent could we modify the concrete that the material would still keep its main characteristics? Is concrete just a grey, cold and hard material?
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Within this project, I experimented with molds made of different materials and I mixed the concrete with other materials. I also created unconventional surfaces, as well as painted the concrete in disparate ways. The end results are unique cubes painted with ink and pigments, concave and convex cubes, burnt, soft, rough and glossy surfaced cubes. By the end of the project, I concluded that the known characteristics of concrete can be changed and new material qualities and impressions arise.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The cubes are outputs of a material experimenting project that are rather decor. There is no need for user operation at all. Actually, the interaction between the cubes and the user is the visual sense of the aesthetics.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in February 2016 in Budapest, Hungary and finished in May 2016. It was exhibited in Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest in May 2016 and in Talente in March 2017 in Munich, Germany.
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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
My experiments can be divided into two groups. One for experimenting with the molds and the other one is for the material coupling experiments. For the former group, I used different materials such as PP foil, transparent foil, cork, foamboard, cardboard, decor foam and patterned papers. For the second group, the concrete was mixed with other materials for example wax, decor sand, decor glass, and some paint and other coloring supplies such as pigments, marbling paint, tempera, ink, chalk.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
My submitted experimental project has currently 32 concrete cubes. The dimensions of each cubes are: 55x55x55mm/cube with the weight of 300g/cube.
concrete, stereotype, cube, material experiment, material coupling, unexpected surface, unconventional surface, mold
The project was made within a material experimenting course. The aim was to research the inherent potential of the concrete and to find new approaches of it. I examined the impact of the surface of the mold on set concrete. This project utilized mostly the trial and error approach. I concluded that the known characteristics of concrete can be changed. This research can help in fighting against the stereotypes of the concrete and it could be a viable business idea of creating a veneer system.
During the research of the project and the production, the following questions arised. What is the best way to fight against the stereotypes of the concrete? What other material could be the best coupling material with concrete? I also found it challenging to come up with different materials to be molds.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: Emese Orbán and Consultant: Péter István Varga
Image #1: Photographer Péter István Varga, 2016.
Image #2: Photographer Péter István Varga, 2016.
Image #3: Photographer Péter István Varga, 2016.
Image #4: Photographer Péter István Varga, 2016.
Image #5: Photographer from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, 2016.