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Geoscope II: Worlds.

Much of AKT II’s computational work explores the intangible qualities of our built world’s performance. Patterns, our new, computationally generated video animation now makes our planet’s alarming atmospheric CO2 trajectory newly visualised, and tangible.

‘Patterns’ animated video, displayed as part of exhibit ‘Geoscope 2: Worlds’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

Venice, Italy
Venice Architecture Biennale
Daniel López-Pérez, Jesse Reiser RUR Architecture / Reiser+Umemoto
Project Value
Completed 2021

The video launches at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, as part of the multisensory Geoscope 2: Worlds installation within the Central Pavilion of the city’s historic Giardini exhibition campus. Taking the form of a halved, inverted globe, Geoscope 2: Worlds is conceived by US architects Daniel López-Pérez and Jesse Reiser, and reinvents futurist Buckminster Fuller’s pioneering 1960s ‘Geoscope’ concept, in 2020s form, for festival visitors.

The ‘split sphere’ exhibit presents 20+ contemporary voices from throughout and beyond international architecture – ranging from the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kazuyo Sejima to the radical ecologist-philosopher Timothy Morton – and projects these, together with AKT II’s dynamic animation and other bespoke content, across 42 internal facets. Through these diverse perspectives, audiences are invited to consider the true, multifaceted nature of the planet which we urgently all need to save.

AKT II’s video contribution Patterns illustrates, across the installation’s immersive ‘inverted globe’ media display, that our planet is under attack, and that nature does not comprehend any political boundaries – the climate crisis is a shared problem.

Patterns highlights that to solve it we crucially need a shared understanding of the emergency’s nature and scale.

For many people, this installation will be the first experience of seeing so clearly the growing catastrophe of atmospheric carbon, despite the satellite data (used as the basis for the computation) being freely available online. AKT II aspires for Patterns and other projects like it to drive awareness throughout our design industry, and to help focus all of our efforts away from the ‘country by country’ approach and moreover towards the imperative, shared global endeavour.

Patterns is screened, as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale, from May to November 2021.