Silviya Ilieva

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Experiment 1 – How to come into a possession of a butterfly in the 21st century

As a first step for my research I needed to map the species movement in flight and explore their transformations therefore I needed a living organism. In opposition of the organic approach for design the thesis is about I used the most artificial process for providing with the insects. Speeding up all evolutionary and ecology processes I purchased the caterpillars from Amazon. Spending four weeks with them, taking care of the species and following their transformations led to required outcome. Finally I succeeded in capturing them by taking films of the beautiful creatures and using them for further explorations and analyses.

End of Year Exhibition, University of Westminster

End of Year Exhibition, University of Westminster

P3 Exhibition - Testing the elements for the kinetic surface

We want over and over again, movement and connection; we see peace only in dynamism…

Booklet Design

Representing digital content in physical print and exploring different ways for corresponding animation sketches done in processing.js on paper.

Group behaviour – a responsive surface

Another experiment done in a group work was the creation of a surface which has for a goal to be a whole “organism” and the focus to be shifted from the part to the whole. The installation was inspired by nature and motion in nature – the opening of a flower. My team tried to create a pattern in the behaviour of the separate elements of the surface and as a result it aimed to become an entity and sought a connection with the environment – in that case the human presence. The separate elements were deployable structures and by spreading their elements they were creating a three-dimensional surface which was lifted in the air by supporting components. A tessellated geometry was used to form the arrangements of the elements. Unfortunately the consequent movement was not so organic and more mechanical and the aimed elegance was not achieved.

Plant structures – deployable arrangement

“Plants change their forms in response to light – petals open and shut, sunflowers track the sun – providing possible models for environmental control.” 

Where accidently or not the first term I designed a small prototype that was mimicking the unfolding of the petals in the plants – the device was a deployable structure reacting to light. The study was at a primitive level yet however ideas came from it. The device could be related to a transformable surface with kinetic movement reacting to the sun light. The prototype was very initial and not further developed but had some of the basic characteristics common in Biomimetics. The device was triggered by the environment – in the specific case light. A basic problem in the prototype was the close resemblance in the form with a real flower which was difficult to escape from. However it was the beginning for developing my interest in Bionics and it led to further design development in this area. 

Drawing Device Movement

Drawing Device Movement

Exploring the initial movement of a device connected to Arduino

Opening a Pyramid

First prototype

Lost in Blank Walls

It is easy to lose one’s self in a space or in a landscape where you do not have a point of reference. When there is nothing familiar or easily recognisable like an object or a landmark which can orientate you in space, the boundary between what is real and what is not is almost invisible.

By positioning the cameras, which in a way show the observer’s point of view and what she sees at a particular point in space, we are trying to illustrate how effortlessly the sense of space can be lost.

Blank walls make the orientation difficult and at the same time you cannot define left and right, up and down.

Without an orientation the pictures create an atmosphere similar to the feeling when you get lost in a snow storm - you are lost in time and space. You travel in nothingness. Everything looks the same and you can go round and round forever. A blank white wall that often make people disorientated in relation to it but only for a while until they find their course again. A blank white wall is like a white canvas which waits to be filled with lines, objects and colours. Without those elements the wall is equal to nothingness.

While you rotate the photographs it is difficult to understand space and the position the photography has been taken from and to adjust yourself; everything could be so indistinct without having a point of reference.

In addition the formlessness of the shadows in contrast with the more geometrical forms does not allow you to explore what is behind the camera and what the shadows and lines represent.