A multi-faceted artist and architect, Marcos Novak (1957) was born in Caracas and studied architecture, specialising in industrial design. As a researcher at Austin University in Texas he began to focus on the relationship between information technology and construction in the early eighties.
A paladin of “non-traditional” architecture, Novak found inspiration in the study of the spatial potential of the new digital technologies, algorithmic compositions and music.
Analysing conformations, Novak theorised the existence of “hypersurfaces”, hybrids combining “invisibility and virtuality”.
This original career route led him to coin new terms such as “transarchitecture”, “liquid architecture”, “navigable music”, “habitable cinema”, “archimusic” and various other words which aptly describe his design methods.
He declared that “for the first time in two hundred years [since Gauss’s study of non-Euclidean geometry, ed.], electronic spaces now permit architects to investigate concepts of space that had hitherto been impossible to explore by any other means than mathematics or poetry. At the same time media technologies permit formation of a new environment receptive to appropriate, relevant architecture”.
On the basis of these purely theoretical postulates, Novak has designed numerous prototypes, laboratories and real installations which remain liquid architectures through mechanical devices, giving the impression of being somewhere between the physical and virtual worlds (transarchitectures), which users can “use” even through sensors.
He has participated in countless international exhibitions in museums and galleries all over the world, including the 7th and 9th Biennale International Architecture Exhibitions in Venice (2000 and 2004).
Novak’s publications include Cyberspace: First Steps (1991), which has been translated into several languages and included in a number of anthologies of documents about the digital world.
Marcos Novak famous works and projects
- Turbulent Topologies, Palazzetto Tito, Venice (Italy), 2008
- Web-Event Trans-ports (with K. Oosterhuis and O. Bouman) NAi (Netherlands Architecture Institute), Rotterdam (the Netherlands), 2000
- Archilab, Frac Centre, Orléans (France), 2000
- Continuum 001, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (Scotland), 2000
- Stand der Dinge/ Virtuelle Entwicklungen, Künstlerhaus, Vienna (Austria), 1999
- Brasmitte: Interventions in Megacities, SESC Belenzinho Sao Paulo (Brazil), 1999
- Transarchitectures 02-03, various locations, including NAi (Netherlands Architecture Institute), Rotterdam (the Netherlands); Institute Francaise d’Architecture, Paris (France); Centre de Design de l’UQAM University of Quebec Montreal (Canada); 1997-1998
- Variable Data Forms, 1999
- Paracube, 1998
- Data-Driven Forms, 1997
- Dancing With The Virtual Dervish: Worlds in Progress, Banff Centre, Alberta (Canada), 1991-1994