REX|LAB, 2018

Installation for the Ars Electronica 2018

Design: Marjan Colletti, Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme, Georg Grasser

Soil 3D printing: MAEID

AV: Jonathan Raphael Hanny

Collaborations: Dr. Aurelien Forget; Jan Contala (Rex-Lab); Jonathan Raphael Hanny; Moritz Riedl; Michael Schneider (Tyroler Glückspilze); Philipp Schwaderer (Rex-Lab); Lukas Vorreiter

Thanks to Pavlos Fereos and all Hochbau E3 students: Claire Hentgen; Tobias Hinterschwepfinger; Laura Schwarz; David Haslgruber; Florian Heinrich; Tobias Sam; Kristan Walder; Sandra Al jbali; Cendrine Peters and Kilian Bauer; Marina Niederleitner

Fabrication: REX|LAB

Sponsoring: Innsbruck University, The Bartlett UCL, Tyroler Glueckspilze

Supported by the University of Innsbruck (Faculty of Architecture, Institut für experimentelle Architektur.Hochbau, REX|LAB); and by UCL (The Bartlett School of Architecture)

Fabrication: REX|LAB Exp.Arch. Innsbruck

The trans-disciplinary and post-digital series entitled FrAgility addresses the fragility/agility of design, technology, materiality, environment, nature and architecture in the 21st century, and results from the collaboration of a plethora of disciplines (industry, craftsmen, material scientists, biologists, couturiers, artists, engineers).
Robotically 3D-printed, Pahoehoe is a biodegradable landscape, a garden, a chimera of both natural and man-made materials, objects and species yet with antithetical techno-organic aesthetics. The project reflects with particular attention on the often troubled, in some cases incompatible relationship of the built environment with the natural environment. It creates a hybrid domain beyond the oppressive binaries of western modernity, defined by an ecosystem of specious symbionts and mistaken materials.
With technology disappearing into the background, visitors focus more on the value of design experimentation, on the spatial experience of hybrid artefacts, and on the potentialities of architecture as cultural catalyst.