Zbigniew Oksiuta

Breeding Spaces

Zbigniew Oksiuta is convinced that the principles of biological transformation of energy into for m will be the m ain topic of this century: “Haman expansion has two cardinal directions. The first one is directed inwards, into the microcosmos of Life, the world of molecules, genes and chromosomes. The second one is leading us into the m acro cos m ic space, into the ocean of planets and stars. As we conquer outer space, investigate weightlessness and plan settlements on other planets, this tre m endously large spectrum requires a new for m of thinking in order to investigate our physical and spatial living conditions beyond the known structures, forms and norms.”

Breeding Spaces is a project that envisages vegetable matter as a live habitat, an isolated spatial entity that takes up, transforms, and synthesizes m atter and energy from its surroundings by biological means. Oksiutas technological principles are: 1) the use of biological poly m ers as construction material ( spatium gelatum ), 2) the creation of spatial forms under water, using neutral buoyancy (isopycnic systems), 3) the generation of biological contain m ent as a pneu ( liquid bubble ), 4) the processes of self-organization and internal tensions in the poly m er surfaces as sources of the a morphous shape formations (bending energy), 5) the creation of biological containments in a different scale: a cell, a pill, a fruit, a shelter, a cosmic “biosphere” ( space garden ).

Zbigniew Oksiuta’s projects are a crossover of architecture, art and biological sciences. Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology in 1978, Oksiuta scrutinizes dynamic systems that are known to transfer information and energy through liquid medium. He also produces and directs films, and lectures on architecture and art internationally.