Nicole Larkin is a student currently completing her Master of Architecture at the Faculty of Design and Planning - University of Sydney, Australia. In 2012 she completed a Digital Architecture Research Studio run by the University in conjunction with Thomas Novakovic. The studio proposed a performative installation for a theatre production which would reflect the choreography, movement and physical presence central to theatre. This led to extensive research into Electroactive Polymers due to their potential as a performative architecture, sculptural form and close imitation of human muscular movements. Upon contacting the Materiability Research Network and after many iterations and advice from Manuel Kretzer they were able to reproduce a functioning EAP. The final installation proposed a doubly curved cable-net structure on which EAP components were suspended and connected to the power supply. This involved a complex joint design which acted as the structural connection and conductive electrode for each component. A small section of this installation was fabricated and prototyped at 1:1 scale in studio.
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