Four interventions in Leuven
Artist Dries Depoorter confronts people with adding speech to cameras by speaking out loud what they observe, emphasizing how much of our public life we are revealing to collective data gathering. Studio LA challenges our perspective on surveillance with their voyeuristic approach of a one-way mirror foil in an old street in Leuven. Harry Nuriev questions our relationship with more and more machines that collect data on how we live and we have accepted in our homes, by using 4 transparent surfaces, cleaned by robots that gently move along the surface. Finally, AMO challenges our perception of our believe in DATA by re-purposing an old machine room building in Leuven to a new temple for DATA.
Sint Maartensdal | Halo, 2018.
When Renaat Braem designed the Machine Room Building as part of the Sint Maartensdal housing project, it’s function was to keep all dwellings warm, supplied with heating. The building was clearly designed, clearly different in its architectural articulation, pointing out it’s important function. The building resembles a modernist cathedral, including a tall tower, central in the urban composition.
With HALO, AMO discussed the role of new technology that will most likely return in our urban fabric as new cathedrals or temples to accommodate our growing digital needs. AMO adapts the Machine Room building into a hypothetical space for worship, a new typology in our future urban fabric. Bright light beams create radials of a HALO that intersect the buildings volume. The center of the HALO is in the Machine Room caretakers circular watch-platform.