Creative Differences was an opportunity to collaborate with different creators, researchers and institutions. These different interactions added new dimensions to our work and enriched the Automorph experience
Tzuri Gueta is a multiple award-winning designer based in Paris. Inspired by the organic world, his jewelry, accessories and artwork are always suggestive of nature.
His work explores the interplay of materials and the countless facets of his signature material, silicone lace, for which he holds a patent.
Since 1998 his creative textiles have featured regularly on Haute Couture dresses on the runways of major fashion shows and, more recently, on movie costumes.
Dominique Peysson is a visual artist and art researcher. She has two doctorates, in arts and sciences of art at Paris 1 and in physics, and an ESPCI engineering degree. She conducted her research and taught at the National School of Decorative Arts (Ensad), then at the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Promoting the fertile encounter between contemporary arts and science, she regularly exhibits her works in France and abroad and is the author of numerous publications, including the book Image-Matter: Emerging Materials & Imaginary Metamorphoses at Say See.
Achim Menges practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing that enables a highly articulated, performative built environment. His work is based on an interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with structural engineers, computer scientists, material scientists and biologists. Achim Menges has published several books on this work and related fields of design research, and he is the author/coauthor of numerous articles and scientific papers. His design research and projects have received many international awards, have been published and exhibited worldwide, and form parts of several renowned museum collections, among others, the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Our research focuses on the geometry and topology of soft materials, in particular the effects of nonlinear elasticity on emergent structural and mechanical properties in complex systems. This encompasses a broad class of systems in several fields, from soft condensed matter physics to materials science to mechanical and biomedical engineering, with problems including programmable matter, pattern formation and elastic instabilities and the structure of membranes and interfaces.
Jan Knippers is since 2000 head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart and a consulting structural engineer. His interest is in innovative and resource-efficient structures at the intersection of research and development and practice. In addition to advanced wood and fibre structures, bio-inspired compliant mechanisms are one of Jan main research topics.
Jan published his works in several books and numerous scientific publications. From 2014 to 2019 Jan Knippers was coordinator of the collaborative research centre TRR141 „Biological Design an Integrative Structures“ between the Universities of Stuttgart, Tübingen and Freiburg. Since 2019 he is Deputy Director of the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Computational Design and Construction” and currently dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning in Stuttgart.
Mark Pauly is a full professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he directs the Geometric Computing Laboratory (GCM). His research aims at empowering creators. Together with his team, he develops efficient simulation and optimization algorithms to build computational design methodologies for advanced material systems and digital fabrication technologies. Mathematical reasoning, geometric abstractions, and powerful numerical methods are key ingredients in his work. He pursues a holistic approach in that he designs and fabricates functional physical prototypes, collaborates with artists and designers, and engages in industry collaborations to validate and inspire his research. He is the co-founder of Faceshift AG and Rayform SA.
Richard Smith is a computational scientist that uses computer simulation techniques to investigate questions in plant development. He is interested in how genes control physical properties of cells resulting in growth, and how the resulting change in geometry and physical forces feeds back on signaling and gene regulation. The lab develops the modeling software MorphoDynamX (www.MorphoDynamX.org) which is specialized for the simulation of growing plant tissue and biomechanics.