Value in the Virtual
19 September - 18 November 2018
Space Popular unfold an immersive installation exploring the role of architecture, and architects, in the design of virtual worlds.
Value in the Virtual presents a vision of the latent potential of spatial design in and for virtual environments. Shaped by the practice and conceptual lens of Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, creative directors of the London-based architecture studio Space Popular, this installation articulates a direction for architecture which interfaces with cognitive science, colour theory, and the spectacular possibilities laid before us at the dawn of an imminent, immersive virtual reality.
Taking the form of two simultaneously active environments, one physical and one virtual, you will experience full-scale fragments of Stockholm dissolve, mutate, distort and replicate and envision a constellation of possible futures in which material values are radically recast.
With Value in the Virtual, Boxen becomes a shared space and testing ground for discussion about the role of architecture, and of the architect, in the virtual sphere. During and beyond the exhibition a virtual layer of Boxen will be able to be visited in Sansar – a social virtual reality platform accessible by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Curator: James Taylor-Foster
Special Advisor: William Hamilton
Assistants: Ludvig Holmen, Daniel Tayar-Watson
Graphic Identity: Studio Reko
Project team at ArkDes: Madeléne Beckman, Markus Eberle, Daniel Golling, Jakob Kjellberg, Stefan Mossfeldt, Sandra Nolgren, Elisabet Schön, Halla Sigurðardottir, Maria Östman, Eva-Lisa Saksi
Lara Lesmes (Spain) and Fredrik Hellberg (Sweden), both graduates from the Architectural Association in London, founded Space Popular in Bangkok in 2013. Based in London since 2016, the practice works at multiple scales: from furniture and interior design to architecture, urbanism, and the design of virtual worlds. The duo have extensive teaching experience at INDA (Bangkok) and the Architectural Association and have lectured and participated as visiting critics internationally. Beyond their academic experience, Space Popular has ongoing and realised built projects and exhibitions in Europe and Asia.