suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
miguel ARRAIZ GARCÍA (bipolaire arquitectos): Tinc nostalgia de futur (I have nostalgia for the future)
The project consisted in representing the chaos, a desolate landscape of emerging termite towers. The use of fractal mathematics helped us build the towers in a manner at once systematic and organic. The interpretation of the intervention could take place in two different senses.
The project represents the future that we are doomed if we continue the current social model, or is this the present time on which the termites are able to create order out of chaos.
The intervention came accompanied by the following text.
“I gave up, I have to admit, I gave no more. My young rebellious spirit gave way to hackneyed phrases. That if any past was better, that if life is three days, if you were my age would understand . . . and the worst was not giving up but think that those still fighting were wrong.
I saw these young people struggle with hope and a certain innocence, while recognizing that innocence was becoming less or at least more fleeting. They were idealistic, had everything to do, but I saw what the future held for them, looked beyond the bubble in which we tried to protect them. I watched as others took advantage of all that, accumulated, devastated, destroyed, deflated illusions. Getting them to surrender to use their own hands to help them continue accumulating, devastating and destroying. The future could not be better, we were doomed to be the pawns of the great mound, whose queen was always hidden
But I woke up and saw that the past was only a possible future, and there were many possible futures, futures that were in our hands if we don’t surrender. I saw that together we could build without destroying that who governs us can not remain hidden, that bubbles are of illusion and can grow to infinity. And I had nostalgia, I had nostalgia for the Future.”
The end of the intervention was the fire, following a long tradition in the city of Valencia. That’s the main reason only wood and wax were used.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mAG: All the people that no matters the age believe we can improve and keep learning
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mAG: David Bowie (starman), Björk, and Manzanita made a great mix; Godard’s Alphaville film made me reflect about society. Newspapers are sometimes the best psycho-thrillers you can read.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
mAG: On the spanish scene: Carmen Calvo, Martín Chirino, Joan Cardells, Jordi Teixidor. I especially like to get influenced by cinema—Wong Kar-Wai really touches me.
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Collaborators: Marcelo Fuentes, David Moreno, Josep Martí, Comisión Falla Castielfabib Marqués de San Juan