Operating Model of Reciprocal DysfunctionOperating Model of Reciprocal Dysfunctionwood, screws, screen printed fabric, embroidery floss, 2012, Perfectly At Home, New City Space, Glasgow, photography by Gabriel Leung

Reciprocal framework utilizes individual components to construct an interdependent weight-bearing system. Similar to a chain that is only as strong as its weakest link, reciprocal structures rely upon the mutual strength of all its constituents. A well known example of reciprocal structures can be found in the Geodesic Domes of Buckminster Fuller* which are derived from formations found in nature. In the 60s, Fuller’s dome-forms captured the imagination of the American counter-culture. Several communal groups advocating non-hierarchical social structure adopted Fuller’s dome-forms as their dwellings. Nearly all of those groups eventually deteriorated into dysfunction, none of which survive today.

In Operating Model of Reciprocal Dysfunction, the components of a reciprocal framework structure are reconfigured into a dysfunctional system, bearing a portion of its original form and none of its function.

*Buckminster Fuller is the author of The Operating Manual of Spaceship Earth (1968)