November 2014 - March 2015 (Competition First Prize)
In collaboration with the Creative Director and Design Consultant Francesca Grassi
For Asia Art Archive’s booth we designed an amphitheater to host lectures, conversations and performances during Art Basel in Hong Kong. To create simultaneous feelings of intimacy inside the theater and density outside of it we proposed building a structure that starts right at the property line, using the corridors of the fair and two walls on the side. What we call the O-Structure comprises of five ring-shaped bleachers rising up to two meters above ground. The most inner ring intersects with the property line like a round Chinese door is intersecting with a floor, leaving a comfortable gap to access the installation. This lowest ring seats up to ten participants or speakers while the upper rings hold about thirty audience members. Since the O-Structure is open on all sides guest can also observe the action inside the booth from the circulation area around it. The support structure of our architectural installation doubles as a large shelf for book donations and to exhibit parts of their archive.
The space is illuminated by one of our Dodecahedron chandeliers with twelve lenses, one of which is red. This lamp has three functions: it serves as a luminous light source, as a beacon for the boot, as well as an optical instrument that inverts all images seen through the lamp upside-down.
Graphic identity, design of signage and printed matter: Francesca Grassi
Local Architect: Sky Yutaka Ltd., HK
About the Program
Asia Art Archive’s annual Open Platform program, held in association with Art Basel in Hong Kong, is an integral part of AAA’s endeavor to enable new thinking and critical dialogue around recent art in Asia. Cultural practitioners from all disciplines, selected from proposals through an open call for submissions, participate in a series of ‘meetings without walls’ hosted at our booth. By leveraging AAA’s network, Open Platform supports researchers, curators, writers, artists, students, academics, and art organizations to further ongoing projects, catalyze new ones, or simply make connections.
13–17 March 2015 Booth P1, Art Basel Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Presented by Asia Art Archive
Supported by Elaine & Anto Marden, Wendy Lee & Stephen Li, Lavina & William Lim
Venue Partner: Art Basel in Hong Kong
Special Thanks to Walk in Hong Kong