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Published on Apr 16, 2019
Fragmentin and KOSMOS Architects will represent Switzerland at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2019 with: «Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes»
«Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes» presents a performative scenographic landscape, in the form of a social and dynamic spatial platform that invites audiences to a journey and highlights how the Swiss landscape blends natural, artificial and digital realms. The spatial design is inspired by the aesthetics of Swiss infrastructure, specifically the construction profiles (Bauprofile), which announce a planned new building and put the plans forward for debate.
The full digitalisation of the scene, projected in real time on a hanging screen, is used in a metaphorical way to raise awareness of the – sometimes unnoticed – impact that people and infrastructure can have on a natural environment and the changes they can cause.
Fragmentin is an art practice founded in 2014 and made up of Laura Perrenoud, Marc Dubois and David Colombini, three graduates from ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). By testing the borders between the digital and the tangible world, their performative installations explore the impact of technologies on our everyday life, in particular the reliance on the former to anticipate and control the latter.
KOSMOS, founded by Artem Kitaev and Leonid Slonimskiy, is a virtual architectural practice that works on projects of various scales and categories, ranging from art installations and pavilions to airports and master plans. They have realised projects in Moscow, Switzerland, Bangkok and New York. In addition to its practice, KOSMOS teaches interior architecture at HEAD – Genève (Geneva School of Art and Design).