Client Vögele Cultural Center
Location Zurich, Switzerland
At times a thin veil provides better defense than the thickest of armor. The scenographic concept ties back to the idea of the selective membrane, offering simultaneously permeability and protection. The dynamic exhibition space is divided by semitransparent fabric planes and carpeted islands into seven themed areas, each circumscribing a defense mechanism, ranging from bunkers to camouflage and cooperation.
Defense strategies are diverse, often intuitive, and sometimes surprising. The exhibited objects emphasize the parallel use of defense mechanisms in distinctive fields. Strategies are co-opted from biology to military uses, military to psychology, psychology to economy, and so forth. The exhibition culminates in the “future room,” an abstractly and futuristically staged space where threats of the future are portrayed. Anchoring the center of the room is a gleaming white disc acting as an open forum where visitors can participate and record their thoughts.
The exhibition is conceived as a cultural, sensory experience. The fabric bands act as a filter and overlap one another in the space. The targeted modulation of artificial and daylight zones enhance this scenographic effect. The visitor is submerged in a poison green world where sight, sound and senses of smell are activated. From large-scale projections to a scent station which synthetically simulates the odor of a skunk, the complement of new and conventional medias creates an exhibition bound to surprise and excite the senses.
Photographs: Jan Bitter