United Nations – Pavillon Zero
… and the enormous wooden Renaissance Computer
At this year’s Expo in Milan, most countries and corporations created monstrous pavilions, most of which self-indulgently showcase their products, services and tourist destinations and only pay lip service to the guiding theme “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life”.
The United Nations is different. In its Pavilion Zero, the UN translates the guiding theme into an immersive space replete with installations that explore the relationships between people and food throughout the centuries and across different cultures.
The first installation, the so-called Memory Theater, is an enormous wooden library full of protruding filing cabinets and endless shelves. The design, as the inconspicuous info point in the far corner makes clear, was inspired by the Italian renaissance philosopher, Giulio Delminio Camillio’s L’idea del Theatro.
In this rather cabalistic work, Camillio lays out a plan for an organisational structure – a sort of wooden amphitheater – that would give users access to and the capacity to store all the knowledge of the universe. Were a person to stand at the center of this edifice, he or she would be able to navigate through meticulously arranged symbols that contain information compressed in a type of code. In other words, a renaissance computer where symbols and aide-memoires take the place of files and icons. Weiterlesen