#01 on Floatation /
Floater Magazine suggests an inventory of floatation mechanisms within architecture;
Without Stability, Without Foundation /
Flip is an ocean research platform that capsizes in order to maintain its stability. Yannikos Vassiloulis presents the mechanism of this paradoxical stability / Armin Linke’s images of astronauts and divers project the realities of a utopian body equipped with prosthetics that provide the ability to exist in conditions of
No Gravitation /
Wave Garden by Yusuke Obuchi and
Meduseabloo by b. are performative, highly intelligent environments capable of collecting and administrating data / In 1968, Takis invented
Oscillation of the Sea; a device that translates the motion of the sea surface into kinetic energy / Dimitris Antonakakis describes the chronicle of an unusual project commissioned to Atelier66; redesigning the cruiser
Libra Y the parameters of instability and non foundation demarcate a new territory for the architect / Louisa Adam explores architectural strategies and practices within contemporary cultural concerns, commenting on OMA’s
Harbour of Ideas / Nikos Navridis cooperated with floater magazine for the production of a digital representation of his recent show
Tomorrow will be a Wonderful Day... / Evi Sougara's interactive animation is based on J. Swift's
Laputa; a mythical island from the novel Gulliver's Travels / Takis Zenetos’ Electronic Urban Planning Utopia is negotiated in juxtaposition with Maurizio Cattelan’s installation Mise-en-Scene. Nikos Tsimas declares floatation experiences as parameters that can provoke feelings of
Pleasure and Awe /
Micro-organisations, by Elysa Lozano, reflects the socio-political realities of Sealand's micronation, where the artist explores the potential of registering and developing a not for profit organization / in
Floating and Sinking in Psychoanalysis Nikos Sideris analyses the mechanisms of floating and sinking in relation to both psychic structure and spatiality / Giorgos Lagoudakis suggests legal aspects of
Floating Territories presenting specific archival cases along with the relative legal texts.
Floater #01 edited by Yannis Arvanitis, Elina Axioti, Yannis Papayannakis,
Evi Sougara, Eleni Spiridaki, Yannikos Vassiloulis / Fall 2008.
b. interviewed by Floater Magazine
, designed by b., evolves around the concept of producing an artificial self sufficient organization, capable of eternal floating under water. This immense structure is wrapped / layered with sensitive skins, large-area flexible arrays of sensors integrated onto its entire surface, attached to a flexible bone structure responsible for its never ending drift. Sensitive skin endows meduseabloo with senses such as proximity, touch, pressure, temperature thus constituting a massive data flow and making possible its use in unstructured and unpredictable environments. Analyzing the translucent data, the surface is capable of transforming itself into the landscape's formulations, thus producing a constant three dimensional diagrammatic representation of the topography.
Sensitive skin endowes meduseabloo with senses such as proximity, touch, pressure, temperature thus constituting a massive data flow and making possible its use in unstructured and unpredictable environments. Analyzing the translucent data, the surface is capable of transforming itself into the landscape's formulations, thus producing a constant three dimensional diagrammatic representation of the topography. Meduseabloo is then, a floating, constantly evolving, cartographer.
Meduseabloo is a data processor. Would you consider it as being operated by someone or as being autonomous in a random mode? In which ways would it function as a portal?
is not an autonomous system that moves along some random route. It is a smart (intelligent) organization that combines; compares and invents seabed discovery routes. Its autonomy does not suggest a confronted and isolated system but a system that is able to cooperate with a receiver - user - human, to produce ideas and suggest solutions in a smart mode. Since it is not a dubious tool it interacts with the user as an intelligent entity. Its intelligence is based on its being able to criticize and administrate unforeseen situations; on its ability to self amend and time evaluate. Working as an archeologist; a mineralogist; a topographer or as sea plant researcher Meduseabloo performs a multiple layer research and mapping in the sea bed.
Images: Courtesy b.