JELENA PEJKOVIC (SRB) & ANDRÁS CSEH (HU)
Yanthe Boom, Gözde Celebi, Quim Escoda, Evelin Murczin, Csenge Patakfalvi, Marián Stanislav, Ferenc Vértesi
The idea of balance implies duality of elements. We understand the world through dualities – dualities allow cognition, i.e. understanding the difference between one entity and another; between the subject and the object of cognition. To give just one example, we can fully understand the concept of “light” only in contrast to its exact opposite, “darkness.”
Duality is so inherent in how we understand the world and how our minds are structured, that experiencing singularity is – typically – exceedingly difficult. In Buddhism, koans are studied as a way of mentally accessing the idea of singularity; a famous koan says: “Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?”
András and Jelena intend to play with the idea of balance as if it were a koan: a paradox that, through exposing opposites, allows us to contemplate the idea of non-duality. To explore this idea spatially, they will construct a nest-like structure out of the simplest of materials – wood, containing a clear spatial void shaped as a complex high-tech object – a spaceship. The position of the viewer will determine the exact point of balance in this structure – the clarity of perception of the opposites and their unity will depend on the observer’s view point.
Balance is rocket science, so it is almost impossible to reach – says the Cseh-Pejkovic architect duo. There is wood, which is a natural material with all of its beauty and knots, and theoretically not the material from which you would build a high-tech spaceship. But is it possible to present the opposites at the same time at Hello Wood? The great adventure is the duality of abstraction and understandability, the parallel of seriousness and playfulness. In the end, the team reflected on the concept itself without using any drawings during the 2 days of planning and the 5 days of building. The kinetic work is placed on a balancing base, which is balanced by 2-10 people: the astronauts themselves. It is for them to decide if they want to look for balance or they just want to waggle the SPACEship.
Jelena Pejković graduated from Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as a special concentrator in Architecture and Urban Design (A.B. 2003) and received her Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.Arch. 2006). She worked for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris (2005) and Genoa (2007-2010) on projects with strong emphasis on environmental sustainability, designed to achieve a high LEED rating. Since 2010 she has collaborated with Expeditio Center for Sustainable Spatial Development from Kotor as a sustainability consultant.
As of February 2012 she is the Program director for Expeditio in Belgrade. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a registered architect in Serbia.
András Cseh (M. Arch. 2008 Budapest University of Technology) is an architect at CZITA Architects and an assistant lecturer at the Department of Architectural Design at Széchenyi István University - focusing on architecture as a continuous life-enhancing experience, spatial creation as learning and communication process and the community-generating possibilities of design and building as a teamwork. He is currently researching spatial learning and architecture education for children at the Doctoral School of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.