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  • Panta Rhei

    Panta Rhei
    vienna AUSTRIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    christoph MÜLLER: The design conceptualizes and proposes to create urban farming land art for and during Documenta, a hybrid between art pavilion and agricultural field, Anyone can plant and harvest but also create and present works of art. Food and art are brought in close relation. Art is understood to be essential, mundane, is meant to be experienced directly instead of being an inapproachable something, which is framed, placed on a pedestal, and carefully preserved within a white cube. As such, the concept also contents the polarity between art and nature, between artificial and natural.

    Ten funnels make room for collecting art objects beneath and rainwater atop, inspiring and irrigating the surrounding context. These also contain the entire facilities, from seminar room to press centre. Trout swims in the collected water and is intended for consumption.

    The funnels’ tentacles function as irrigation and information system. Their ends are wardrobes and displays, which greet the visitors entering the area from the subterranean parking garage and the streets. They also function as a central control system for orientation between the various satellites.

    The fields can be used by the visitors for art production but also for cultivation of vegetables. Both can be collected in the funnels. The collective preparation and consumption of food promotes communication about the art that has been produced.

    Throughout the exhibition, the realised project mirrors the constant change of both: art and nature. Vegetables grow and are consumed following predefined rules. The shiny, polished stainless steel panels of the pavilion gathers patina and rust until it is finally dismantled. Similarly, the art objects grow in a process-driven way and acquire importance until the visitors are saturated. Art and nature both live and die. Nothing is timeless, nothing perennial. Everything flows.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    cM: This project was done within the context of a design course at Vienna University of Technology. It is influenced by my academic advisors Kari Jormakka, Doerte Kuhlmann, Kristina Schinegger, Stefan Rutzinger, and Oliver Schuerer but also by various other contemporary architects.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    cM: Stan Alan, From Object to Field; Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and disjunction.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    cM: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Steven Ma, Soma Architecture, Wolfgang Tschapeller, and many others.

    Additional credits and links:
    müller-christoph.de

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