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2014 MEDAL WINNER CONNOR OLTHUIS, INTEGRATED MEDIA

Connor Olthuis at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Connor Olthuis at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Conditioners by Connor Olthuis.
Conditioners by Connor Olthuis.

Connor Olthuis’s medal award-winning project Conditioners is a an abstraction of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing systems that enable us to thrive in artificial spaces. Here’s how he describes it:

Conditioners is a sculptural exploration of the facilitative infrastructures that influence our habits and structure our behaviours within a highly networked environment. I created a set of cyclically redundant yet functional systems that are a result of a co-opted authority from engineers and designers.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

I wanted to take the two most basic human needs (air and water) and to redesign their common delivery systems into useless forms. I was in a civil engineering program for two years, and I wanted to go back to the methods and materials from my time there: concrete, metal — and to explore different processes of filtration.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

Reading and writing.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

This work resolved some fundamental questions that I have about infrastructure, and conveyed those questions through a tangible set of systems for others to question also.  

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

I had just come from adopting a one-eyed cat when I got the call, and then I hugged my girlfriend.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

I will miss talking with a few excellent professors, and being surrounded by like-minded students.

What are you planning to do next?

Continue making work.

Find out more about Connor Olthuis

Website




Connor Olthuis at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Conditioners by Connor Olthuis.

Connor Olthuis’s medal award-winning project Conditioners is a an abstraction of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing systems that enable us to thrive in artificial spaces. Here’s how he describes it:

Conditioners is a sculptural exploration of the facilitative infrastructures that influence our habits and structure our behaviours within a highly networked environment. I created a set of cyclically redundant yet functional systems that are a result of a co-opted authority from engineers and designers.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

I wanted to take the two most basic human needs (air and water) and to redesign their common delivery systems into useless forms. I was in a civil engineering program for two years, and I wanted to go back to the methods and materials from my time there: concrete, metal — and to explore different processes of filtration.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

Reading and writing.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

This work resolved some fundamental questions that I have about infrastructure, and conveyed those questions through a tangible set of systems for others to question also.  

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

I had just come from adopting a one-eyed cat when I got the call, and then I hugged my girlfriend.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

I will miss talking with a few excellent professors, and being surrounded by like-minded students.

What are you planning to do next?

Continue making work.

Find out more about Connor Olthuis

Website