LUX NIEVE, PEP TORNABELL
Anastasia Bordian, Antony Plumb, Sean Brunswick, Carla Llaudó, Ewa Cempel, Isabel Halpern, Tamás László, Maria Nunez, Yara Valente
TYPE main square / Infrastructure – public seating / agora
The agora is an outdoor space for gathering and sharing. The creators of the Agora realized that most parliaments and theatres have a very anti-democratic organisation of seats: there is always somebody or a group in the middle, and the others can only listen to them, but cannot participate in the discussion. Therefore the architects are merging the concept of agora and theatre, while changing the usual placement of the seats, making it a space where every participant has a certain amount of attention. This Agora is configured by a continuum of hexagonal modules, attached to one another. This conforms to a curved topography, softly rising and sinking down, that gathers us all. The modules could have a different layout every time they are assembled. Its adaptability makes it suited for various programmes, enabling the repositioning of sitting areas and performance spaces in a more distributed way. Like how the wind forms the sculptures of Theo Jansen, the Agora is completely formed by the people it welcomes. A special feature of the installation is that the architects used purple cabbage grown in the region to paint their installation.
Lux Nieve was born in Madrid, where she started her education in fine arts and firstly got involved with theater. She completed her studies in California and started working as a scenographer, with stage design and video, which she has continued doing in Budapest and Prague. She is also a visual artist, videographer and scene consultant, and studies object theatre and puppetry. She has performed with Caín teatro in numerous experimental productions, involving improvisation and food design. Interested in all wood related matters, she participated in last summer camp, where she met Pep Tornabell.
Pep Tornabell comes from Barcelona, he wanted to be an engineer but started physics and ended up being an architect. He is co-founder of CODA, a design and consulting office on lightweight structures, computational design and digital fabrication. Currently immersed on his PhD on elastic deployable timber structures, he tries to balance his time in front of a computer and working with his hands. In love with wood, he met Lux last summer camp. They are now proposing this project together, a shapeless cosmic dribble that is no doubt going to be fun.
We propose a timber structure for the pueblo -in its dual meaning: both the village and its inhabitants- to gather in, to meet, to share. A modular structure that is reconfigurable each time it is built, and thus adaptable to suit different programs, and to suggest others. An open agora, parliament, színház. A curved topography that exerts a certain invisible centripetal force, an open space for different ways of understanding politics and joy.