Using La folia as a data set for my research project focusing on exploring 3d ceramic printing techniques using parametric algorithms. In 3D printing, the physical result comes from what data one feeds to the machine.

As part of this research, I collaborated with a musician, civil engineer and architect to help me translate music (note sequences, rhythmic values, pitch, meter, tempo and variations) into numeric data.  These collection of algorithms were fed into parametric program (grasshopper) to create a collection of objects representing the melody in a similar way as a collection of rhythms makes a song. I test different algorithms to create a toolbox of different textures and surfaces.

Bringing these two novelties, from our and a past time together, I wanted to transform the ceramic surface into a canvas inscribed with information while making the data processes between the human and the machine visible.

In my practice, I embrace the edges between the physical and the digital world, which are increasingly intertwined. I started working and developing my own approaches of using 3D printing technologies, appreciating the deficits and discrepancies of our current capabilities as well. Questioning the overly trust in the precision and consistency of digital processes in our society, I also experimented with the errors of the 3D printer that creates unforeseen results.

To introduce the concept of “rupture” or “corruption,” I can add zeros or new rows to the given values randomly or systematically. This action will disrupt the original order and structure of the note sequence. Here I experiment with different ways to visually represent these disruptions, such as distorting the shapes, overlaying additional elements, or introducing unexpected patterns.

‘La Folia,’ an evocative piece of musical history, carries within its notes a profound reflection of the human experience. Passed down through generations like a cherished family cookbook, it has been reimagined and embraced by countless musicians, each adding their unique flair to its melodic recipe. Its rhythms dance with irregular shapes, untamed and flamboyant, echoing with passion and tuneful rhymes. For me, ‘La Folia’ speaks of the resilience to persist, the thrill of excitement, the courage to overcome, the weight of loss, the boundless ability to find joy, the surreal absurdity of life, the depths of sorrow, the fiery temperament of emotions, and the enrapturing moments of self-discovery. Through this timeless composition, we are reminded of the complexities that shape our journey, compelling us to confront and conquer our deepest fears and doubts. ‘La Folia’ remains an eternal mirror, reflecting the history of music and illuminating the rich tapestry of our very selves.

This research and development project was funded by CBK Rotterdam.