Altered Behaviour: The Performative Nature of Manufacture Chainsaw Choreographies + Bandsaw Manoeuvres

  • Emmanuel VercruysseEmail author
  • Zachary Mollica
  • Pradeep Devadass
Conference paper


This paper explores the ventures of the Robotic Fabrications AA Visiting School. Cultivating and implementing radical and innovative modes of architectural fabrication, we borrow from neighbouring creative fields such as choreography, performance and martial arts - efficient code being infected with an exciting spatial complexity and positing an artistic engagement within the world of physical production.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanuel Vercruysse
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zachary Mollica
    • 1
  • Pradeep Devadass
    • 2
  1. 1.Design + Make, Architectural Association School of ArchitectureLondonUK
  2. 2.Individualized ProductionRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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