|Operating Model of Reciprocal Dysfunction, wood, 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)