The 2020 edition of Casa Decor was held at the beginning of July in an emblematic building designed by the architect José Espelíus Anduaga and located in Madrid’s upscale Salamanca neighborhood. AWOMAWO (A World Of Many Worlds) designed by Elii Architecture and María Jerez occupied the Simon Space and brought a fresh take to the building. A meeting place for different universes, the installation reflects on the relationship between the geometric human space and the ever-changing ecosystems that surround it. As we remain in quarantine, are going back to quarantine, or are simply watching the changes unfold, this installation is worth re-traveling. How can we imagine and explore new ecosystems today?
Courtesy Elii Architecture Office.
“In the Anthropocene, Humans are now at war not with Nature, but with […] the Terrestrials. […] To put it in the style of a geohistorical fiction. Humans living in the Holocene epoch are in conflict with the Terrestrials of the Anthropocene.”Bruno Latour, Face to Face with the Planet
The design includes an interior landscape of light, plants, minerals, and everyday objects: a vibrantly colorful multiverse that creates ambiguous relationships between entities, ephemeral compositions of diffuse materiality, ghostly images of mixed bodies, of multiplied and crossed gazes. The spectator is placed in an ambiguous that position blurs the line between who is the subject and who is the object.
Ph. Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
The first zone of the exhibition is an orderly passage of well-defined geometries. This is the space where humans live. Enveloping this first space are a number of diverse, living, and changing ecosystems.
A light, continuous boundary connects and separates each zone, configuring a succession of enveloping environments. This is seen as plane of interaction, a cosmopolitical front where Humans and Terrestrials face their desires, interests, and needs.
In times like these, in which we live in a new climate regime, AWOMAWO offers visitors a place to experience and reflect on the problematic place that humans take on the planet and their responsibilities. As part of its commitment to the theme of this year’s Casa Decor, the materials used to stage the Simon space will be recycled after the exhibition. The plants will be donated and replanted. All the wood used will be recycled. The Tarkett flooring will be reclaimed by the manufacturer for treatment in a recycling program. And finally, the lamps will be taken down and stored for future events. The space is thus given a new life while, at the same time, the questions it asks are still resonating beyond its short-lived installation.
Credit: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
LOCATION: CasaDecor 2020, C/ Velázquez 21, Madrid / DATE: July 2020 / SURFACE: 38 m2 / ARCHITECTS: elii – Uriel Fogué + Eva Gil + Carlos Palacios / ART AND LANDSCAPE: María Jerez / COORDINATING ARCHITECT: elii – Ana López / COLLABORATORS: elii – Lucía Fernández, Raquel García, Marta Vaquero / LIGHT PROGRAMMING: David Herranz – Dasoingenieros / GRAPHICS: elii – Characters inspired in Moebius (Jean Giraud) / DEVELOPER: Simon / CONSTRUCTION: Aniceto Jiménez / JOINERY: Alfredo Merino Caldas / PHOTOS: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero) www.imagensubliminal.com, Pablo Gómez-Ogando firstname.lastname@example.org, Luis Hevia www.noroestefoto.com