FRAME proposes the image of Aguajoja by Mediated Matter group, an installation shaped by the complicity between man and nature (at the molecular level), ‘an exploration of Nature’s design space’ as stated by the authors, and a possible proposal for a future ecological design. In practical terms, the series of natural artefacts, where Aguahoja belongs to, origin from molecular biodegradable components found in tree branches, insect exoskeletons, and our own bones. These organic components are printed by a robot and shaped by water. They mutate in reaction to environmental factors, and they naturally decay when exposed to rain. Its constituent building blocks are restored to their natural ecosystem, thereby continuing the natural resource cycles that enabled their synthesis.
Mediated Matter group, Aguajoja, 2018, © 2018 MIT Media Lab, photo via