Sunday, February 05 2023
7:30pm - 9:00pm
In this new forum under the Perspective series, AADU presents a conversation with Nero He, a Beijing-born educator, architectural designer, and digital artist. Nero leads his practice HeXagōn (分级研究所), which focuses on creating quasi-autonomous procedures and interfaces to re-see and upcycle architectural information and materiality through the non-human-centric perspective.
He used to work in different architecture firms with a focus on architectural installations and commercial collaborations. Currently, Nero is a visiting professor at Virginia Tech and taught studios and seminars at SCI-Arc.
Please join us for the panel discussion on Nero's design philosophy. The session will cover Nero's experience as a multidisciplinary educator, designer, and artist. Including his creative field of speculative design, where he addresses significant societal issues through the design process that blends the boundary of architecture with that of other disciplines and affects the traditional way of architecture education thinking. The panelist’s work, teaching ideas, and multidisciplinary commercial success will also be featured in this forum.
An art installation, “Bleu”, for the Adidas storefront. Studying material sampling to material behavior, this project discovers the possibility of architecture and commercial project collaboration. Credit to Nero He
A phygital fabrication to disassemble and reassemble the existing material, which challenges the fabrication workflow and standard—displayed in Yunnan Provincial Museum. Credit to Nero He
A game developed from a workshop sponsored by the City of Capri. Participants used digital simulacrum to observe and discover Capri’s Landscape, space, and cultural dynamics. Credit to Nero He
Nero He - lecturer
Shibei Huang - moderator
- Understand the concepts of speculative design thinking, quasi-automavision, and phygital construction.
- Compare various roles of speculative design/quasi-automavision/phygital concept in its practice implementations in the field of installation design and digital art through the speaker's project examples.
- Examine the demonstrated speculative design strategies and recognize the use of computer software as a design tool in the design process.
- Explore and discuss the possible applications of the speculative design approach in the architecture field and the cross-disciplinary collaboration opportunities between architecture design and digital art.