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Terra Insola︎

Workshop Architecture / Cinéma / Robotique / DIY
Hania, Crète. 2013.
Organisation : François Roche, Ezio Blasetti, Stefan Henrich, Camille Lacadée, Danielle Willems, Andreas Theodoridis, Lydia Kallipoliti
Columbia University GSAPP︎
“The barrier of Schengen was since a long time considered as a fortress. We did not remember exactly when this fence became for European citizen their own jail…  inverting the preliminary reason of its constitution, to protect them against the world… Now it appears to be the revenge of an historical illusion.
Out of this lost empire, out of this fortress maintaining the nostalgia of their late loftiness, life mutated into another system of negotiation, where a few people with the alibi of democracy are no longer deciding, through a populist delegation of power, the destiny of the others.
We heard that a small zone within the zone, located in a sort of fortress within the fortress is still a territory where the last “European” took refuge…
The main actor, a kind of Robinson Crusoe will construct his own escape from inside, as a topological inversion… similar to Boccaccio’s Decameron, in 1348, where a few people were exorcising the inevitable plague of the black death by an extra-vitalism of story-telling, between eroticism and tragedy…
The architectural project and the fictional short movie will be done by 20 students and 7 authors. We will report  this anomaly… through an infiltration in this zone next June… with a making-off as mocumentary…
The movie and the (LAByrinth) construction are working as a siamese co-production… from mythology to retro-future.”

Content :
︎Research (material in situ expertise, know-how, political and cultural involvements, rituals,  literature, mythology, extraction-transformation, symbiosis)
︎Process – computation (logic of aggregation, scattering, staggering, stacking, with variable components, on Rhino Grasshopper and Python scripting)
︎Material experiment – ceramics and glass blowing (prototyping, tests of resisting and decay, strategy of construction and destruction, machinism and robotic developments)
︎Report (photography, recordings and film / stop motion during all the process of construction)