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2013 >
 Abendroth, Jerome Decock, Els Vermang

Size: variable

Technique: aluminium MDF, SMA or servomotors, ABS, custom tailered electronics, generative software



The origamiSeries researches geometry, mathematics, colour and motion.


The geometries of the series are based on tessellation, a surface comprised of regular (one shape) and semi-regular (several shapes) tiles, filling the surface and defining the overall shape of the artwork. Most of the ‘origami’s’ present an ‘irregular’ contour following the tessellation pattern; these are defined as ‘freeform’, in comparison to those contained in a rectangular form. The geometric patterns are based on at least two geometries: a positive, derived from the tessellation and corresponds to the unfolded state of a tile, and a ‘negative’ shape, resulting of its folding. The amount of positive/negative geometries, the tiles resolution, is displayed in the artwork title. The backside of the tiles is coloured, rendering its colour ‘indirectly’ visible due to its reflection on the white surface. The coloured side of the tiles becomes ‘directly’ visible due to the folding. As such, colour underlines the tiles’ motion and reinforces the alternation of positive and negative shapes. The motion of the tiles follows a pseudo-random logic. The permutation of the tiles’ state and their motion, complements the strict geometric order and colour logic, constituting a play between ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ geometries, ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ colours and two and three dimensional shapes. 

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- origamiHexa 21*3; private collection, France

- origamiSquare 6*6*1: private collection, Brazil


- origamiSquare 6*6*4: private collection, Brazil
- origamiHelix 7*3: private collection, France

- origamiHexa 7*3

- origamiSnubSquare 17*1: private collection, Belgium



- origamiKitesAndDarts 71*1: Aegon Collection, The Netherlands



- origamiHexa 14x3

- origamiSquare 6*18*1: Linklaters Collection, Brussels



- origamiCairoSnub, 11 Triangles x 7 Kites x 3 Rhombi

- origamiPenta, 4 Rhombi Small x 9 Triangles Small x 9 Rhombi Large x 9 Triangles Large

- origamiPenta, 2 Triangles Large x 2 Triangles Medium x 1 Triangle Small
​- origamiCairo, 20 squares x 26 kites: private collection, Brazil
- origami snubSquare, 15 rhombi x 36 squares: private collection, Brazil

- origami snubSquare, 18 Rhombi x 18 Squares
- origamiPinwheel, 70 triangles x 12 kites
- origamiPenrose, 19 Triangles x 15 Kites: private collection, Miami
- origamiRhombi, 16 Rhombis: private collection, Frankfurt
- origamiCairo, 32 Squares x 48 Kites: private collection, Sao Paolo
- origami, 4 squares x 2 triangles x 16 rhombi
- origami, 10 squares x 3 rhombi x 10 kites x 8 kites

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This work explores the tessellation of planar geometries along with combinatory logic, using the principles of semaphore signalling to extend its formal language to written/spoken language. The starting point consists of five modules transcribing the coding and anthropomorphic constraints of the flag telegraph (semaphore) into a geometric and kinetic construct. But instead of displaying words, the work randomly permutes letters, producing equal geometric compositions. Here, written language, where one would normally locate meaning, is reduced to probability, all possible meanings within the same construct.

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