Intuitive Generation: Rationalizing the "Irrational"

In the early 20th century, the organic paradigm has invariably been recorded as an individualistic, subjective and intuitionist process that escapes systematic analysis and rationalization, further banishing the organic from the realm of the rational and the objective. Today, the once hermetic processes of organic form are seen to become increasingly transparent as studies in complexity and computation develop. The historical unfolding of the organic tradition increasingly yields towards rationalization and formalization, as the formalist methodologies used in computational design research ease the understanding and control of complex forms and provide for a rigorous discussion of once intuitive topics.Against this theoretical background, the paper presentsa research undertaken at a graduate experimental design studio at METU, Department of Architecture (2014, 2016), consisting in testing a possible rationalization/formalization of the so-called “irrational” organic forms in modern art by the introduction of a computational content adding to their original biological content. To this end, the studio scrutinizes artworks that are deemed to be produced in the organic paradigm through intuitive approaches, testing them in the formal medium of the mathematical, considering various aspects concerning the Gestalt principles of visual perception. Focusing specifically on Isamu Noguchi’s “Leda” (1942), various conceptualizations of form logic are produced through cognitive and mathematical reverse engineering aiming to aid the understanding of formalist aspects in organic and intuitive methodologies that challenge the very formal approaches mandated by generative design methodologies.
XIX Generative Art Conference 2016 (15 - 17 Aralık 2016)


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Z. Mennan, “Intuitive Generation: Rationalizing the “Irrational”,” presented at the XIX Generative Art Conference 2016 (15 - 17 Aralık 2016), Floransa, Roma, 2016, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: