Within the theoretical framework of a Foucauldian distinction between ‘trace’ and ‘diagram’ this
paper focuses on the concept of what we will refer to as ‘hyper-indexicality’.
This form of idexicality proposes a trans-referential system existing in more
than three dimensions [hyperspace] as an instrument to link and arrange nonsequentially
not only references [on the web] but also parameters in design.
Summarily speaking, hyper-indexing involves the generation of meta-data by
establishing primary connections and relations, while storing secondary,
for the query redundant
information. Similar to meta-data, the parametric model in architecture represents
the setup of a meta-design allowing for a reconfigurable design. It establishes
relations between parameters, which are measurements or values on which other
measurements and values depend on. The parametric model establishes, therefore,
inter-dependencies. Each time a parameter changes, the model regenerates to
reflect the new value.
On the hyper-indexical level, these inter-dependencies can be seen as specialized
connections established in real-time. Furthermore, considering these connections
virtual, the distinction between indexicality and virtuality becomes blurred.
The hyper-index seems to satisfy the Deleuzian interpretation of virtuality:
its actualization into physical realization is a link of virtualites, implying
that the unfolding of multiple actualizations might emerge from the link or
intersection of other virtualities.
Note: The paper presents ‘actualizations’ of the [hyper]index based
on studio and research oriented work developed within the departments of Public
Building and Design Methods at TU Delft.
Henriette Bier is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Architecture TU
Delft. Her work explores the impact of digital technologies on architecture.
a Diplom Engineer degree from TU Karlsruhe. After graduating she worked on
projects with Morphosis in the US and taught at universities in Austria
and Germany. She
is currently pursuing a PhD on digital technologies in architecture with
focus on [Intelligent] Computer Based Systems.