World Mountain MachineTallin, Estonia,
May – August 2014
Interartive – Platform for Contemporary Art and Thought
Ulrich Gehmann and Martin Reiche
The World Mountain Machine shows architectural morphology as a historical process and translates it into a visual language. The spectator is offered a view of a process that develops throughout the exhibition: A world mountain (a mythological expression of world “as it is” in its cosmic order in form of a concrete architecture) is created and transcends through different stages of evolution, based on the sensory input coming from the venue of the exhibition and methods derived from computational biology and fractal geometry. The spectators thus becomes the active participants of the evolution of the architecture that is presented to them, while at the same time they are only displayed a snapshot of the whole development. The work highlights the ephemeral nature of a historical process while at the same time creating an abstract mathematical model for process morphology throughout the exhibition. It shows the ongoing development of the architecture that is completed on the last day of the exhibition.