The research identifies – and explores – an emerging gap between formal appearance and material behaviour in the normative architectural building practice. Thus, the research questions the dominant role of formal (numerical/geometrical) control in contemporary architecture, which seems to have led to a lack of attention and understanding of inherent material behaviour.
G. Vattimo’s philosophy of weak thought is used as a starting point for creating a theoretical framework constructed around the notion of weakness, supplemented by theories within the specific investigations and discussions that focus on performative and dynamic dimensions of the material. Furthermore, the notion of formless (informe, G. Bataille) is used as an operative term within the research. Formless informs the overall research framework of weakness on a material-specific level, giving attention to unstable and ephemeral material dimensions – and thus, contributing to an expanded and less fixed way of perceiving the material world.
The research uses artistic practices as a mode of investigation to establish an engagement with the material, seeking particular insights into experiential, performative and imaginative dimensions. Thus, the investigations aim to turn attention towards overlooked dimensions and unseen material sides of the well-known. These artistic investigations enable a closer look at particular material phenomena, establishing a situated perspective from which to unfold and establish connections and overall perspectives.