September 7, 2017
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.