It was a moving board emitting heat and light that was programmed to move along the river bank and change its direction according to people’s movement. All imaginable technical problems were already encoded into such an object from the very beginning. Also the fact that it had to be dismantled before the end of the exhibition due to the flooding banks of Seine perfectly suited the initial topic.
It is essentially a site-specific installation referring to the Paris Agreement on climate change and in a distorted way also to the year-round outdoor café tradition and the heating of outdoor air. It encompasses a wide spectrum of topics such as comfort, global warming, safety and equal opportunities – issues that are clearly perceivable in Paris. Before the establishment of the design and fashion centre at the site of the installation, there had been the main night-shelter for the local homeless. Although discussing mainly socio-political issues, for us the installation also had a strong entertaining aspect.
We often feel that architecture is a discipline strictly aimed at answers. On the one hand, our installations provide site-specific spatial solutions, but at the same time it is also important that they tackle more general topics generating new questions and opportunities that might depend on every individual user.