flw, 1996

Karl Bohringer
Ken Goldberg


 
 
(framed). Courtesy Catharine Clark Gallery

(framed). Courtesy Catharine Clark Gallery

(detail). Courtesy Catharine Clark Gallery

(detail). Courtesy Catharine Clark Gallery


Scale is endlessly fascinating. In flw (1996), Ken Goldberg and Karl Böhringer used a process known as SCREAM, Single Crystal Reactive Etching And Metallization, to fabricate on a silicon wafer a 3D 1/1 millionth scale model of Frank Llyold Wright’s renowned Fallingwater house, which is remarkable for its use of cantilevers, “the true earth-line of human life,” according to Wright. Miniature cantilevers are also used to measure forces in devices etched from silicon, which is in part why the artists chose to reproduce Falllingwater for flw. Technology extends human capabilities in remarkable ways, which are often not obvious. By calling attention to this hidden universe by modeling the work of one of the world’s greatest architects, the artists are asking us to consider the new worlds we are building with the tools of our time.
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