Tuesday, November 18, 2014

RAW wildetect exo skeletal building sketch

wildetect sketch musings - african fauvistic style

i have many sketch and note books that ive been doodling in for 25 yrs or more. these notebooks are filled with the usual synaptic spark ideas of a life explorer. these ideas are nothing really,  if the sketch contents is not ever exposed. wildetect sketch for wildetect sketch sake is a way to  quit-en the mind,  to unpack the daily noise constantly pulsing around us. to try make small sense of the many, many things hitting us all at once. without the sketch filter process. i can safely say - insanity would prevail. wildetect sketch musings an aligning process of thought.

wildetect sculptured architectural buildings

to create wildetect architectural angular machine form from organic shape. sometimes one stares for long at what one perceives as strange,  in continuously re looking. one starts to see  possibilities.

Friday, November 14, 2014

wildetect the long answer viking norse longboat table interview -

it was a great privilege to get an email from the folk at boredpanda - which showcased our viking norse longboat table. they wanted to know a few things about the table - and in true wildetect style - i possibly bored the nuts off the panda with my response. but they fortunately shortened the long answer. ive put the long answer below. because i spent an hour or so on it and wouldnt want the artistic diatribe to go to waste.

wow what an incredible privilege – thank you , we have followed some of the track of the VNL  tables viral journey. And I haven’t laughed so hard in my life.  some of those comments where pure mint.  Man I loved the fact that the table could get so shredded humorously.  It made the bitter pill of the obvious so much sweeter.  our work is designed to provoke response.  Love or hate it – not much in between.  thank you  for taking the time to get hold of us.   Wildetecture started out as a conceptual design studio first and foremost and we are now working our wilder designs through a process of practical refinement.  A creative design process  starting from the  outer reaches of imagination, (wildemagine) working  back to practicality of form.   We like to call it the outer dream backwards ,  point of creative departure. Because once the practical mind gets hold of a creative idea – its pretty much clipped down to a utilitarian end product.  We want all the intensity, all the taste all the aesthetic  in the very first sketch,  without fussing about usability and practicality.  BTW Your write up was absolutely perfect . ta

The 3 questions.
 1. Where did the idea for a viking conference table come from?
1)   Sculpture and art concentrate on our visual senses mostly – they occupy  space and  in the most part its human imaginative effort captured.  once an art piece is  finished we all enjoy, admire  the skeletal remains of human efforts and thought. For wildetecture The Viking norse longboat table is an experiment in several levels of what  art  represents to us.  Where  art  and  sculpture is worked into something  every day.   One cannot easily become part of a painting once it has been finished or become part of a sculpture once it has been bronzed or carved. Especially if the original artist is dead.   However a sculptured table is only the first half of the artistic experience or really a fraction of the artistic possibilities.  The second half is the communicative voyage , the interaction through time and place,  when a person puts themselves into the art piece itself.  A table is one of the best mediums to experiment with this concept,  as it adds not only human interaction into the equation. But the potential of  incredible   food , wine and conversation, poetry and  will hopefully bring out the artistic troubadour  in all the participants at the table.    Each unique  interaction whilst sitting at the table is an art piece in itself, an uncontrollable explosion , all  working towards a voyage of communicative artistic discovery.  Much like the voyages into the unknown of the long ship oarsman. Because human conversation is art and needs to be celebrated around a space that encourages us to talk. Every conversation is creativity,  a plethora of ideas, adding the unique depth to every interaction,  the possibilities of this  happening  around a table like the VNLT are exponential.  The VNLT’s  express purpose of design is to encourage such artistic  dialogue. This Will then be the second phase  of this artistic piece.

 2. Are there any plans to make this table a reality?
2)    We have been commissioned to make up a VNLT table for a shipping companies boardroom in Scotland ,  they asked for a tamer version of the original.  Ie more comfortable and more  corporate. Which we have done. We are in the process of finishing the table off.  We have also made up a smaller 3 seat version of the VNLT which sits up against a wall,  With a mirror.  The first sketch was finished 2 months ago and we are refining the smaller version for a wider audience to participate with.  More cost effective than the big VNLT. We are doing r and d to create this piece – talking to shipwrights and yacht builders to refine the design.  (attached is a prototype sketch of the 3  seat VNLT)

3. What sort of elements of Norse art or history did you draw on when creating your table?
3)    My brother lives in Norway and when visiting him he took us to the Viking museums and  the once buried long ships. When I  Stood in front of these age old art pieces. I was immediately struck by the possible stories that these ships could tell. Those tales of exploration  would be unbelievable,  apart from the Viking obvious  3 – rpp.   Its also about  brave men – taming the fearful unknown.  Coming from Africa we are used to experiencing dangerous wild animals from the safe side  of a fence or  a car.  One gets  a similar sense of danger , a sense of primal fear when  Standing in front of a Viking long ship, the safe side for me was  time. I felt the same mesmerizing impact of fear that I’m sure many people felt in the 10th century, when these vessels suddenly appeared off shore.  The similar fear I get when watching a lion hunting its prey in the wild.  And as artists are inspired to sculpt or paint leopard and  lion. I felt I needed to express this synaptic thought into something tangible –my own interpretation of what I was experiencing.  
When looking at the ribs of a fish or of a boat,  there is a perfect harmony of pattern that intrigues. So to create the chairs as the ribs and the table as the conduit of this same strong line,  was  very important to this art piece. Which renders the chairs uncomfortable  - yes – but that doesn’t concern me in the first sketch.  When we sit at tables the chairs and the table are rarely harmonious – they are 2 separate design entities always. I wanted this sketch to include both as one  and to incorporate the guest into the artistic sculpture as well.  I love the fact that Norse art is so intricate and even delicate – long  winter months allowed the artists to really create intricately patterned  sculpture  and furniture.  To my mind in Africa we tend to be much more broad brush stroke.  Maybe because we have abundant sun and our horizons stretch further for longer. So this table is a fusion of the 2 influences of wild north culture with wild south fauna and flora.

The wildetects  run several sites – www.wildetecture.com is the principle – we have 2 twitter sites - https://twitter.com/wildetect  and https://twitter.com/Wildetecture     if people google image wildetecture – it will give an idea of our other imaginative excursions into the creative synaptic  unknown.

We design architecture , furniture art and sculpt – our wildetect concepts are African fauvistic in nature – and we derive influence from all aspects of life and our African experience  interpretation of it.

Thanks again for the time and the email – hope the above makes sense,  im supposed to be finishing off a house plan for construction  – the surveyor is on site tomorrow and I’ve had 8 phone calls whilst writing this. Pressure – hopefully the house gets sited in the right place and hopefully this makes sense.

 Kind regards
Quinton j Damstra – wildetect 3 of 3
Dean Hoffman wildetect  2 of 2
Warren Hoffman wildetect  1 of 2

wildetect 1 and 2 = brilliant work @ youngblood - artmode exhibition last thursday evening

warren and dean hoffman wildetect 1 and 2,  worked incredibly hard to showcase some original , individual  african fauvistic creations at artmode on thursday night, youngblood gallery cape town. the wildetect design spark  inspiration is from the abundance of  fynbos plants found here on table mountain.   the cape floral kingdom has truelly  incredible  architectural shapes and  forms .  getting inspired by the capes natural floral wonders,  is a passion of the wildetect mindset. a design process that looks to nature , culture and our personal perspective of nurture. to create end products that resonate - local is really lekker.  wildetect style.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

OpiNIONS - like onions - everyone has layers of them and most sting the eyes.

creative opinions and criticisms are a dime a dozen, everyone has a fervent opinion on everything under the sun.  to my mind there is far to few  raw design ideas that depart from the ho hum of  our everyday thinking.  raw design ideas,  that's something to get fully fervent about.  that is just my onion on the matter.

Wildetect African Raw - Fauvistic Architectural Design - WAR - FAD


because  conceptual architectural experimentation of form, has been moving progressively away from big box, small box , fanatical horizontal, vertical grid linear structures for quite some time now.  the architectural sculptural  possibilities are now excitingly exponential.

the architectural organic machine city scape possibilities will be for ever transformed into huge living sculptures. i say living because the blood entity to these structures, the flesh aspect, will be us. we will play (apart of) and (be a part from)  these organic pod machine architectural sculptures. although i can articulate my concept in words, it is far more powerful in the raw creative sketch.  the only time to my mind where less explaining is more powerful.

RAW - Raw Architectural Wildetect.
WAR - Wildetect Architectural Raw.
this process of Raw Architectural Design. FAD - which is the fervent pursuit of an expressive architectural language - driven by passion of form and all things   beautiful that is filtered through the human mind.

(acronyms are great -its a simple  form of writing a secret code language that some one needs to know the first to understand the second.)

this form of architectural landscape will require a complementary steel and concrete design system. in the most part we have the structural ability to create these huge sculptured architectural frame buildings. from which living , working pods can hinge off. i personally like the fact that the architecture is not forming a mass block to the elements. you have minimum structural earth contact, people  can  walk under and see through the structure. the great glass elevators would work on the premise of a roller coaster ride. (obviously not as wild - but hay try lift no 8 - flipping wake you up before having your coffee) an architectural structure for a new architectural dawn , with a new type of tenant.
because the age of the  big box, small box linear dimension architectural professional is yesterday.

when walking under and between the Eiffel tower,  the concept of space between structure is very apparent.  the structure becomes almost wearable,  like an immense structural jacket.  ive designed homes where the structure becomes the ego of the occupant. architecture is just an extended form of who we want to project ourselves to be.  architecture that projects itself as being of the african  untamable landscape. wildetect style. with architectural shadow projections (ASP) to enhance the depth of the architectural experience. wow,  now thats a structure i want to live and work in. this highest building in the world accolade is great to strive for - however what about architecture than can fullfill several creative points of design  departure in one? to challenge the visual and interactive senses.

like the viking norse longboat table design - it will have its vehement design detractors, its likers and its lovers.  thats the beauty of  individual human creative thought - structure and end product is the skeletal remains of our ideas. this is my thought architectural skeleton in the embryonic form. for some - interestingly frightening im sure.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

V3BOLA viral voyage of the trending viking norse longboat table. wildetect style 3BOLA , VBOLA

thanks very much to all the folk that have given energy to the viking norse longboat tables trending viral internet campaign.  im calling it the VBOLA or V3BOLA concept (vbola a cool name for a rock band- BTW if your looking for names for your rock band, email me - ive got tons.  i put that VNLT image on the net 3 years ago and it only went viral  now. over 1.8 million views in 5 days ,  so  for creative ideas to catch  vbola or v3bola, it is pretty difficult it seems - 3 year incubation time.  i thought the wildetect mantis or the wildetect ds Citroen shelf would spark first. but no - the marauding viking table forges ahead on the trendometer.

anyway,  some folk where wondering what an africa born designer is doing fiddling around in the viking culture. well part of my ancestry, (i say part because i have a very colorful bloodline) is from friesland (according to the dutch lady behind the counter at a hotel in amsterdam - its where all the madmen are. her very serious words to me, not mine. i immediately loved the place and that part of my ancestry)  and then part of being born on the african continent is a  fervent exploration of past linked culture. genetic creative design experimentation in some ways. as well as being inspired by the many cultures on our continent and the wild african fauna and flora - sky , land , sea.   all this inspiration to ultimately try to understand self.
also, surprise , surprise  the vikings where known for 3 things amongst others - and you cant do the one, without sending genetic material across the known and unknown world. enough said really. so i feel i have a certain linkage to be able to design the longboats, oops longships that my ancestors watched wildly paddling and sailing over the distant horizon.

i term myself as a perpetual motion creative - business , money and those ideals have never really interested me. my kids ask me what subjects they should do at school - i just say, stay extremely far away from any of the arts, do  accounting. do all the subjects that teach you to earn big money, take care of a family and survive more easily. the path of a creative is fraught with huge peril, dangerous pathways, mountainous dangerous seas,  monsters and DEATH! - its only an arena for those who dream big, imagine wide and are prepared to walk far on their own bleeding stumps.  my flipping kids want to do art. flipping heck,  go figure.  the reality is the road of a creative is not a monetary wealthy one. if money is your poison, then you better drink something else. few make it in the creative arts, as the trajectory is much longer,  one has to carve out a name first. this takes time and  lots of no bread to bed evenings, always abit of wine mind you. great conversation and the gnawing imaginings of, maybe this idea is the golden nugget. we rich charlie , we rich my boy. (sorry lapsed into a fusion chocolate factory reality moment - fortunately i noticed johnny depp look like helen, weph, to put either under my nose - couldive been gone for days)

so having had a life scare several years ago, in the aftermath of the news , i started calculating days lived if one makes it to say 60 yrs, hrs spent on the planet etc etc. the usual thing im told when your analyzing and unpacking such things in those moments. i realized we all dont have  very long on this very cool rock. so i decided to purely work on my creative imaginative designs as a perpetual motion creative venture. if a like minded person picked up on it and carried it forward when im gone,  then thats great, that would be the goal. with so much creative energy spent following trends and past masters and other creatives , artists and designers. i felt i had lost my own creative communicative expression and language.  so wildetecture was born. an african fauvistic creative expression of now 3 african fellow wildetect thinking creative designers. our own unique interpretation of what its like to create within the african context, also having ancestral influence from the rest of the world. a fervent pursuit of a unique expressive language.  wildetecture style.

weve had a few big wildetect milestones along the way - we had  a very encouraging email from to my mind, one of america's foremost living architects. (that has been the super highlight of our wildetect journey) a tip of the hat from a man of that creative design calibre. Bart Prince - wow his kind encouraging words really meant allot. (light in a dark place)    weve had wildetect exhibitions , articles in a few fringe design mags and blogs. a mention in a local cape times paper (whohoo), the folk at world design capitol 2014 have been very kind to us, as well as youngblood art gallery in cape town.  Isandhlwana investment has really also helped us along the way.  very powerful creative fuel events are the viral VNLT design crit files - over 1.8 million views in 5 days , many really funny comments on the design. the Smithsonian museum archiving 2 articles about wildetecture. it was like a tiny blip on the artistic mega board. maybe we onto something here.  maybe the perpetual motion is moving this ship on future tides.  man now thats fuel.  also according to webstatsdomain this QJD site is worth over 1.3 million us$. pretty cool for a creative from muizenberg -  souf efrika (must say that with a local SA accent)   nogal. (afrikaans for "can u believe it")

but the most powerful thing is - we get to wildetecturalise and  wildemagine (rock band name - u see im not kidding)  stuff that nobody can tell us we cant do. this is a wildetect creative journey and we dont really care much, if nobody likes it, if nobody buys anything. if living out my days imagining some kid in three hundred years time seeing a wildetect design uncovered from one of our burried time capsules and then imagines something much, much better. then man that brings a huge smile to my face , that is better than money. thats perpetual motion creative design - wildetect style. creating for self with the possibility of sparking someone else.