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MEDIA ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE #FUTURES IMPLIED // OUR SANDBOX

OUR SANDBOX // interactive pavilion - prototype video

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Project information

submitted by
Maximiliane Nirschl

Co-Authors
Maximiliane Nirschl

Mentors
Dr. Reinhard König, Dr. Sabine Zierold, Stefan Kraus, Juan Carvajal B.

Faculty:
Architecture and Urbanism

Degree programme:
MediaArchitecture (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation
Artwork

Semester
Summer semester 2020

attractive to children

Participation in the Bauhaus.Modules


Project description

“We have to start thinking of sand as a precious resource not only worthy of conversation but in dire need of our protection.”
(The Good Stuff)

OUR SANDBOX is an interactive pavilion that raises awareness about the highly precious (building) material sand.

It is a 4x4x4 meter standalone cube, built from raw concrete, with a floor covered in sand. The inside is illuminated by black light which immerses the visitors in a magical space. Four brooms are leaning on the walls, offering to be used by the visitor to sweep away the sand. Under the sand, an infographic about sand, what it is needed for, its shortage, and the environmental impact of its harvesting, is printed with UV colour: Visitors can thereby bring the discussion about sand to the light.

The scenery is accompanied by a four-channel spatial sound loop. The sound is created only by using sand as an instrument, played by hand, which creates a calm and harmonic feeling.
Whenever one of the brooms is used, a second soundtrack is faded in. That second track consists of the sharp sounds that are produced during sand harvesting, sand manufacturing and concrete manufacturing. Each of the four brooms is connected to one of the four corners and therefore controls the sound of one speaker.

A video showing the prototype of OUR SANDBOX is available here:
vimeo.com/441147250

OUR SANDBOX is a proposal for the MediaArchitecture Biennale 2020/21 #FuturesImplied and refers to the topic “More-than-Human-Cities”.

Email: maximiliane.kristina.nirschl[at]uni-weimar.de

Videos

OUR SANDBOX // interactive pavilion - prototype video

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