Cerebral Hut – Guvenc Ozel & Alexandr Karaivanov

“What if architecture could be form without form?”  Where form is no longer controlled by the confinements and solidarity of a built object, but controlled by the interaction of the user.  Cerebral Hut is collective installation between Guvenc Ozel & Alexandr Karaivanov and media artist Jona Hoier & Peter Innerhofer, which brings the gaming interaction to a responsive surface.  The surface, in real time, responds to the user’s concentration levels and blinking putting the user in control of the physical boundaries.  Check it out after the jump!

DESIGNER: Guvenc OzelAlexandr Karaivanov, Jona Hoier & Peter Innerhofer
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture 
YEAR: 2012

CEREBRAL HUT from Guvenc Ozel on Vimeo.

“Cerebral Hut is a kinetic installation that works with an interface that measures brain frequencies and turns them into a reactive environment. In order to achieve this, we hacked and reprogrammed a commercially available device that can measure concentration levels and blinking, interpreted these data thresholds and wrote scripts that would translate them into motion. research on different folding patterns and geometric structures lead to the creation of an environment that can act as a vessel for movement.

As a result, “Cerebral Hut” becomes a game-space where the user controls the physical boundaries of his environment by his thoughts. As the user engages in activities that increases concentration levels, such as imagining movement, the environment responds real time and changes its configuration. “Cerebral Hut” plugs into a vein of contemporary research that explores kinetic surroundings and the relationship between technology, movement and space, but it is the first of its kind that conceives a moving architecture that directly responds to human thought. Consequently, it creates a collective architectural form, which questions the static notions of space and conclusive perceptions of design.

“What if architecture could be form without form?”

Liberation of form from form is the liberation of architecture from its physical context and the outside forces that determine its boundaries; a space that has silhouette but no figure. A kinetic architecture, by its ephemeral, seemingly amorphous yet programmed behavioral iterations is bound to “travel” between a multiplicity of such “contexts”. An architecture with a transforming design boundary with its outside world continuously contextualizes its context and content meanwhile disperses it. By allowing itself to be shaped by multiplicity of external forces, it gives form to its user and his/her environment. Form without form is not form without context, content or intent. It is design-space that temporally re-calibrates its relationship with the outside world, repeatedly and through time, either by actively transforming its physical and conceptual boundaries, or through translating its phenomenological perception by the user. That is precisely why “The Cerebral Hut” is content without context par excellence, as context is not a paradigmatic constant.


Design, Research: Guvenc Ozel, Alexandr Karaivanov
Programming, Mechanical Design: Jona Hoier, Peter Innerhofer
Installation Team: Guvenc Ozel, Alexandr Karaivanov, Lena Krivanek, Peter Innerhofer
Administrative Support: Alexandra Graupner, Sabine Peternell

Special Thanks to: Greg Lynn, Gerald Bast, Klaus Bollinger, Esra Kahveci, Onur
Sönmez, Markus Murschitz


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