suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
sasa ZIVKOVIC: Geoformer is invested in the articulation of ‘man-made’ and ‘natural’ landscapes in Iceland.
The scale of Geoformer ranges from a master plan for Reykjanes peninsula to the development of a geothermal power plant with an integrated Eco-tourism visitor center and large scale farming infrastructure. Geoformer impacts Reykjanes peninsula at the level of economy, tourism and landscape. It develops strategies for inhabitating the moon-like lava fields of Reykjanes with a new form of “domesticated landscape” – made possible by the use of energy externalities from Icelandic geothermal energy production.
For generations, Icelanders used geothermal energy to alter environmental conditions to enable agriculture and aquaculture that, otherwise, could not be sustained within Iceland’s harsh climatic conditions. All across Iceland, the use of geothermal energy produces seemingly ‘natural’ man-made conditions, the famous thermal bath Blue Lagoon being one of them. Geoformer occupies the intermediate zone between man-made and natural landscapes and conditions, producing a domestic layer of landscape that, over time, will blur the distinction between synthetic and organic organization and ecologies. Geoformer envisions an alternate reality for the interplay between landscape, architecture and geology by questioning traditional landscape dichotomies.
sP: What or Who influenced your project?
sZ: Weird lava fields, volcanos, vast emptiness, storms, plate tectonics, greenhouses, our Icelandic tour guide, The ‘blueness’ of the Blue Lagoon’, Liam O’Brien.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
sZ: Euro-trash dance music, Airdoll, FM Belfast, Spiegel Online, Thus spoke Zarathustra, Egil Saga.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
sZ: Liam Young, Liam O’Brien, Mitchell Joachim, Francois Roche, Bruno Latour, Slavoj Zizek, Peter Sloterdijk, Mark Jarzombek.
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