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  • The Cloud* as an Archive

    The Cloud* as an Archive
    vienna AUSTRIA

    Urban Strategies, University of Applied Arts Vienna
    critic: andrea BÖRNER

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    andrei OLARU, anna GULINSKA, elena ROMAGNOLI, & pablo ROMAN: Imagine the Cloud as a place on an Archive. Located along the coastline, 450 m structure of the Archive confronts as with an experience of encountering something that we already know. A new point of departure re-organizes and de-composes spatial memory of the Cloud. It brings us to the point where we can study it.

    Once we are inside we can go into its details, research its fear of the rescue and erasure of the traces.

    Generating structure of the Cloud is designed as movable machinery which travels along the sectors of the Archive. It is equipped with nozzles producing the Cloud and movable platform on which the Visitors can travel to the level 02 of the structure. Generating machinery moves from sector 01 to 10 with one day interval, constantly producing the Cloud, taking its resources from the lake water. Moving machine intervals allow the Visitors to select specific date and accessible sector from which the exploration of the Cloud begins.

    Along 450 meters of possible maneuvering along the structure they can perceive different instances of the Cloud.
    Starting from an instance on level 02 – which is an observatory level where the Cloud is visible only, captured in archival wall – they can decide on going lower, on level 01 of the structure.

    Walking on level 02 they are not only seeing the Cloud, it is all around them, and it is present and touchable. They can walk on multiple suspended bridges which all soaked in the changeable atmosphere Cloud. There are several of the bridges going to the water level with one walkway. Level 00 states for the Origin of the Cloud. That is where the travel through the Cloud ends, on both ends of the 450 structure.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?:
    aO, aG, eR, & pR: Jacques Derrida, Mal d’archive: Une impression freudienne; Tomás Saraceno; DS+R; Superstudio; José Vela.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    aO, aG, eR, & pR: Listening to Lower Dens, Porcelain Raft, Swans.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    aO, aG, eR, & pR: Marc Bradford, Ryoji Ikeda, Kokkugia, Tom Wiscombe, Cino Zucchi, the Venice Biennale.

    Additional credits and links:
    [andrei OLARU]
    [anna GULINSKA]
    [elena ROMAGNOLI]
    [pablo ROMAN]

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