Climate Chambers I, 1994
Five sculptural chambers encircle a centrally placed inflated dome. This forms the molecular floor plan of “Climate Chambers I”. The participants, through revolving doors, enter a series of inverted sculptures that can’t be experienced from the outside. On the inside the participants are submitted to different climatic extremes from 100% humidity to -20°C and +70°C to 15ms wind.
The project is an experiment where we test the boundaries between experience and endurance. Usually, a room for showing art is a neutral space without atmospheric movement. We want to challenge that concept. What happens when a sculptural room performs a quality outside its formal features? Can cold or heat be a quality used in art in the same way as paint or clay?
Also, what happens with the perception of the viewers when the climatic intensity takes over the sensory input? Does this alter the reading or experience of the art? Who will stay in the installation when the seemingly comfortable situation slowly turns into a hazard?
From a birds-eye perspective the visitors inside the chambers are sandwiched between nature and technology. When they are activated by the climate it gives the installation the quality of a test site or performance. This overall interaction is one of the main features of the project, but zeroing in on the different chambers, sub-stories emerge.
Each one of the chambers presents its own dramaturgy: Incubator, Heat Chamber, Cold Chamber, Storm Chamber, Light Chamber, Steam Chamber.
”Climate Chambers I” was developed during a three-year period between 1991 and 1993. They were finally completed in 1994 and showed in collaboration with Riksutställningar Touring Exhibitions in Sweden. The exhibition traveled through Scandinavia in 1994-1995 and was shown in Stockholm, Helsinki, Drammen, Umeå and Luleå.
The Steam Chamber - growth or destruction?
In Holland in the 1960s they began to develop the idea of growing things underground. It had been known for a long time that mushrooms flourish in damp, dark cellars. Now they wanted to try out this method o strawberries and tulips as well.
The Incubator - protection or threat?
The Incubator is a protected environment, a controllable space at a constant, ideal temperature, which balances the development of the object contained with the fluctuations of the surrounding climate.