Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes





Hardware / Material

Powercoated steel, aluminium, wood, white lycra textile, rubber, electronic components, 25 linear motors, LED screen, computer, LCD screens, capacitive sensor.

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The 14th edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space will take place from 6 to 16 June 2019 and is entitled «Imagination, Transformation and Memory».

After a two phases competition with KOSMOS Architects our artistic proposal has been choosen to represent Switzerland’s national contribution. The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is responsible for the commision.

«Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes» proposes a performative scenographic landscape, namely a social and dynamic spatial platform that welcomes the audience on a journey and highlights how the Swiss landscape entangles natural, artificial and digital realms. The design of the space is inspired by the aesthetic of Swiss infrastructure, specifically the construction profiles (Bauprofile), which announce and debate the planning of new buildings.

The full digitalisation of the scene, projected in real time on a hanging screen, is used as a metaphorical way to raise awareness of the – sometimes unnoticed – impact and modifications people and infrastructure may cause in natural environments.

This performative scenographic landscape is designed as a platform to host different specific performances created by artist Camille Alena. The artist will work on a diaristic piece that will evolve along the duration of the Quadrennial and grow within the interactive structure designed by Fragmentin & KOSMOS Architects.


Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space


1st prize. Competition for PQ19 Swiss contribution.