Synchronised Movements, Digital Techniques applied to Earth Construction

Perform and design with your body like a contemporary dancer. Breathe and feel the pleasure of touching the mud. Weigh every heap of earth you scoop and build your pyramid. Play with it, get dirty and enjoy it! Record and map your actions and results like scientists and explore with cutting edge techniques. At the AA Visiting school at Les Grands Ateliers, a specialized fabrication laboratory, participants will create life-size structures out of earth, applying digital design and rapid prototyping fabrication processes to traditional earth building techniques. In constant interaction with craftsmen, architects, artists, scientists, ethnologists and engineers from CRATerre-UNESCO, experienced in construction in developing countries - earth will be used as a living material – a natural concrete. Our work will be highly experimental, leaving any prejudice behind about material behavior.