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Roland Graf: Interactive Installations at EXPO 2017 Astana


Stamps Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Roland Graf’s artist col­lec­tive Assocre­ation is fea­tured with human-pow­ered instal­la­tions at the Aus­trian EXPO 2017 pavil­ion, on view through Sep­tem­ber 10 in Astana, Kaza­khstan. As part of the inter­na­tional expo­si­tion theme of Future Energy, the pavil­ion, designed by BWM Architek­ten, has already wel­comed half a mil­lion vis­i­tors with the slo­gan: With brain, heart and mus­cle power!”

Inter­ac­tive, mus­cle-dri­ven sta­tions are installed in an expan­sive, two-storey struc­ture. The vis­i­tors are both par­tic­i­pants and observers; their mus­cu­lar energy is used to bring the pavil­ion to life. They are encour­aged to be both sen­si­tive and sen­si­ble: sur­pris­ing poet­i­cal, funny or sonorous machines can be oper­ated by the vis­i­tors, who then receive typ­i­cal Aus­trian energy foods such as a Mozartkugel or Man­ner­schnitte as a reward for their efforts. This is the Aus­trian pavilion’s inter­pre­ta­tion of the Expo’s gen­eral theme of Future Energy” – with an homage to the human yardstick.

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