We are a collaborative creative duo based between Colombia and Austria, during the last seven years we have interrogated the relation between visual space, built space and computation. With a background in architecture, our visual work initially emerged as conceptual studies for our architecture and furniture designs. A few years ago, it became an established line of work within the studio. We write algorithms and use digital fabrication and printing techniques to create drawings, objects and spaces.
Perez Reiter is an alliance between Irmgard Reiter and Diego Perez-Espitia. Irmgard is an architect from the Architectural University of Innsbruck (Honours degree). She holds an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, NYC. Diego graduated from University of Los Andes, Bogota, as an architect (Honours degree), and holds an MArch in Architecture and Urbanism from the AA School of Architecture Design Research Lab, London.
We enjoy broad professional experience from many years of work at highly regarded architecture design firms from around the globe, such as Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Graft Architekten, and a few others. Our interests and line of work have gone beyond the built space into the visual realm, where we explore the potential of integrating disciplines to generate distinct environments from diverse creative realms.
From the movements of the earth below us, all the way to musical landscapes, and the coding of phrases, we interrogate the associative arrangement of thousands of lines to produce diverse sensations, from calm subtleties to extreme colourful abstractions.
The three pieces we are sending with this application are part of a series titled Quakes, where the locations of tectonic plates’ movements that took place in the pacific coast of the Americas, from 2008 to 2013, have been encoded into an algorithm written by us. With the help of the rigorous administration of data provided by the algorithm, we draw thousands of lines that depict how the weave of the everyday is torn apart by violent bursts of energy. Massive forces played out along those 8 tectonic plates become subtleties on canvas, their interactions transformed into thin lines on a white background as sequential change interrupts the steady, homogenous weave of the everyday. The continuous fabric of time and space is transformed by progressive intensities, coupled with violent disturbances. At some moments it stretches, rips, compresses and folds onto itself. This series takes heavy influence from the work of German artist Günther Uecker, where the field takes on a greater role than the individual parts that constitute it.
Some of the qualities of seismograms remain in these drawings, bringing a dose of rigour and a scientific feel to it. At the same time, strong unpredictability is achieved: meticulous, precise, sharp charts are filtered by a stochastic approach, allowing the depiction of encoded data to acquire a new dimension. As is the case in hand drawing, the richness of the stroke of the line that comes into being by the act of holding a pen, is now addressed by the particularities of a machinic process, both in the writing of the algorithm mentioned above and in the modulated control of the process to burn the canvas. These are not unprepossessing lines, they are full of subtle nuances.
We would like to populate a room at the hotel from the London Art Rooms with many of our drawings from the Quakes series. The visual space outlined in the drawings will unfold into the actual room: some of the lines drawn on the canvases will become nylon threads that come out from the drawings and wrap around the furniture pieces found in the room, bed, side tables, chairs. The three spaces that comprise our artistic endeavour will merge into a single whole: computation, visual space and built space.