Making of Interspace - The Estonian exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, 7.06. - 23.11.2014.
Developed in Rīga, tested in Tallinn, delivered in Venezia.
Some technical notes:
All users in the pavilion alter both floor and wall information. While the floor acts as a path (big data/behaviour) saver in octree form, showing both immediate interaction and overall history levels, the walls contain information about Tallinn, that users can flip due to they movement.
The installation is connected in real time to webpage. Big brother. Users activity in the webpage is visible for other webpage users as well as on the floor and the walls of the Estonian exhibition in Venice. And vice versa - webpage displays all the users in the pavilion. Interaction is bidirectional (human in pavilion - cursor in webpage), both sides, due to their (in)activity, can affect and introduce glitches in other medium.
The system is autonomous.
Interspace (in Estonian Vaba ruum) explores new tendencies in public placemaking. In an information society, the fundamental communicative role of architecture is being challenged by networked technologies that produce a multitude of personalised understandings of the public sphere.
To explain how this links to the general theme phrased by Rem Koolhaas, the curators of the Estonian exhibition say that in an information age, the elements that constitute public space need to be redefined.
"While speaking about public space, the most topical issues no longer concern its traditional fundamentals that different central power structures have historically used to shape the public, but their relation to their digital counterparts that allow architects to base their work on the shape of the participatory public. This transformation is something architects shouldn't leave unnoticed, while designing for the inhabitants of a data society." There is no distinction between the virtual and real life anymore. Recent revelations on control achieved by digital means have made us aware of global policymaking concerning digital surveillance. The correspondence of physical and digital is evident on each of us and the spaces we occupy – from cyber warfare to personalised location-based services.
Interspace is exploring the shift from central control to participatory shaping of the public. In the last century, the former defence ring around the old town of Tallinn has progressed from a former military no-man’s-land to a collective space. From bastions to an urban condition of parks, public buildings and squares of national importance – the intent of which has always been to address and formulate the public sphere. By looking into the way this collective space has been designed throughout the past one hundred years by radically different political regimes, the aim of the exhibition is to provide a reading of prevailing conditions of placemaking. The examples serve as underlying knowledge for future placemaking in E-stonia – a nation state with a strong belief in digital technology.
Video edit: Kaspars Kursišs