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Alisa Andrasek Studio

Knut Brunier (Germany)
Diego Rossel (Chile)
Jose Sanchez (Chile)
Anica Taneja (India)


Created by an abstract machine that uses self-organisation to produce an adaptive species that can reconfigure high-pressure host conditions, DataReef specifically thrives in flooding scenarios. The dispersed network of agency allows every pore in the project’s external skin to work collectively and negotiate between information and matter. Amphibian intelligence within DNA consists of cellular geometry that can afford differential buoyancy while its footings lightly touches the marshy land and creates varied local neighbourhoods demanded by the agency of the host territory, along with appropriate scale and degrees of freedom allowing human inhabitation. When played out on the Two-Tree Island, which is nested with in the Thames Estuary, DataReef’s phenotype plays out as a distributed ecology of performative conditions, varying from tidal energy extracting, ponds and pavilions lending to biodiversity, pockets of inhabitable space and docking marinas. Micro-negotiations facilitate the finding of a state of equilibrium in response to the daily fluctuation of 5m in water levels, gaining stability between the more rigid parts and freer, adaptive areas of the skeleton. Agent intelligence distributes varied densities in the porosity and formation of DataReef’s skin to allow specific views, walkable surfaces and the embedding of other information; thus creating a multiplicity of textures across the entirety of its tissue. The artificial light and observer parameters highlight the expression of transition.