ARQUIA Foundation 2012
Once upon a time there was a drifting country. The story is staged on an “island” that floats like a raft in the Arctic, disconnected from a concrete physical place, flowing adrift. As Thomas More said: "a radical change can only start in an isolated place with no interference from the exterior".
By travelling, the perception of the reality gets disturbed. It blurs the conscious… making one lose control of time and mindfulness. The penance is the punishment: all the guilty need time to reflect, a change of course to recover the necessary livelihood, which they need in order to place their feet back on earth.
Labyrinth vs. Panopticon (confusion vs. control)
In the center of the panopticon there is nothing
The remainder space is a labyrinth, a disfigured panopticon
Everybody can see and be seen by the others
Seven prototypes of people, whom in some ways are the outcome of the uncertainty crisis we live in, are being judged.
They will be launched to an one-year expedition that follows the coordinate 78º14’00.51”N 360º from east to west. A floating prison which takes away the liberty of those who have abused it and re-educates. It forces its users to reflect through a spatial sense of the cells: a long corridor for walking and thinking, through evolving spatial strips which emit messages of sensibilisation, through awareness, the uncertainness of the unknown, the uncontrolled and the lack of communication…