Fata Morgana mirages significantly distort the object or objects on which they are based, often such that the object is completely unrecognizable. It derives its name by the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le
Fay, from a belief that these mirages, were fairy castles in the air or false land created by her witchcraft to lure sailors to their deaths Influenced by such beliefs .By reshaping aspects of the real world into something unworldly, we tend to envision tomorrow as a refraction of the present economic, social and environmental conditions, rendered through the technological advancements and their implications in the way we design and fabricate our environments.
In that sense, Floating City is a design project, disguised in the form of a construction simulation game, which speculates on the idea of the future city as a technological mirage governed by the fusion of users’ and environmental data; a virtual Fata Morgana -informed by the interaction of different geographical particularities with users’ understanding of natural processes. A project which seeks to explore generative design processes where the recursive iteration of simple mechanisms results in complex phenomena, in order to improve the built environment around us.
Topotheque Design Office in collaboration with Swop creative lab present “Wave:Inversed” installation for the seventh iteration of Default exhibition.
Inspired by the theme “default: capital”, the installation features a discontinuous surface where sequential geometrical folds comprise a freeform hanging structure which negotiates the notion of ceiling and acts as a buffer zone for the gaze to explore.
This reversed landscape -merely a metaphor of “a society broken by numerous faults”- represents more than an intriguing construction and stands as an intricate reminder of all the multiple facets inside us and out there.
We would like to thank the organizers of default for the invitation and all those who contributed to the making of installation and made it to the festival.