H_edge
Arup Advance Geometry Unit
Curated by Christian Rattemeyer
Main Space
September 14 - October 28, 2006 

Opening ReceptionSeptember 14, 6 - 8 pm

H-edge is a new project created by Cecil Balmond and the Arup Advanced Geometry Unit, a think tank dedicated to researching complex structural geometry in support of new architectural visions and solutions. H-edge is an experiment in the use of geometry and modular materials to create new organizations of space.

AGU’s installation at Artists Space will function as an enclosure within the gallery, allowing visitors the opportunity to experience, interact with, and compartmentalize physical space in new and exciting ways. H-edge is aimed at traversing the boundaries of mathematics, art, architecture and engineering, exploring new opportunities of complexity. In addition to the three-dimensional installation H_edge, the exhibition also includes the wall piece Fourier Carpet, for which a computational design was woven into a wallhanging on a Jacquard loom.

H_edge has been designed in London and constructed in Philadelphia with the help of Penn Design students. It consists of 5200 laser-cut aluminum plates and almost 5000ft of stainless steel chain.
Fourier Carpet has been digitally generated and designed by Jenny E. Sabin in Philadelphia and woven on a digitized Jacquard loom by Keystone Weaving in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. It is 36ft by 5ft and is composed of interlaced black and white wool threads.

Arup Advanced Geometry Unit, H_edge, 2006, stainless steel chain and laser-cut aluminum panels.
Installation view from H_edge, Artists Space, 2006. 

Arup Advanced Geometry Unit, H_edge, 2006, stainless steel chain and laser-cut aluminum panels.
Installation view from H_edge, Artists Space, 2006. 

Arup Advanced Geometry Unit, H_edge, 2006, stainless steel chain and laser-cut aluminum panels.
Installation view from H_edge, Artists Space, 2006. 

Arup Advanced Geometry Unit, H_edge, 2006, stainless steel chain and laser-cut aluminum panels.
Installation view from H_edge, Artists Space, 2006.
All photographs unless otherwise stated: Whitney Cox. 

Arup Advanced Geometry Unit, H_edge, 2006, stainless steel chain and laser-cut aluminum panels.
Installation view from H_edge, Artists Space, 2006. 

Arup Advanced Geometry Unit, H_edge, 2006, stainless steel chain and laser-cut aluminum panels.
Installation view from H_edge, Artists Space, 2006. 

Arup Advanced Geometry Unit, H_edge, 2006, stainless steel chain and laser-cut aluminum panels.
Installation view from H_edge, Artists Space, 2006.