“Go Fly a Kite” Airfield Theater & Kite Picnic
Sixteen Iowa State University students in architecture Assistant Professor Firat Erdim’s spring 2017 “AeroStudio” — an advanced interdisciplinary option studio — will fly kites they’ve designed and fabricated in class at an event from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the ISU Cross Country Course off Mortensen Road between Hayward and State Avenues.
In the studio, the 13 architecture and three landscape architecture students have studied kites as “instruments of empathy with the atmosphere. A kite could be thought of as a dress — an adornment of the sky; or as an analog of the body — with bones, skin and muscles/tendons; as an analog to architecture; as a sacrificial assemblage of materials given (up) to the wind for it to inhabit and animate; or, as with a pencil or tennis racket, as a means of extending one’s consciousness beyond the limits of one’s own skin…”
The class has explored the craft of building and flying kites and experimented with four different types (flat/dihedral, box/compound, sled/parafoil and centipede/train) as well as variations in materials and bridling systems. The students have had to respond to conceptual prompts that challenge conventional kite forms. The project will culminate in a final kite/flight performance dubbed “Airfield Theater,” featuring a minimum of 16 and likely closer to 30 different kites.