Climate Chambers II, 1998

At the World Expo in Lisbon in 1998, Bigert & Bergström were commissioned to create the main exhibition for the Swedish pavilion. The installation “Climate Chambers II” was an expanded development of their previous project from 1994 with the same title. A series of connected sculptural chambers with the common form of an egg housed four different climates. The egg shaped chambers toying with the question of how ideas occur, and how ideas are affected by the climate in which they've been hatched. 
First the visitors entered the Wet Chamber, a rusty egg with the interior walls made of wet sponge. When standing in the middle on a glass floor, surrounded by a high voltage isolation railing, this chamber evokes an image of the powers released by nature during early springtime.

On entering the Heat Chamber the visitors met a compact cloud of hot steam evaporating from a boiling geyser in the bottom of the chamber. The outer shape of the egg and the material used, aluminum and acrylic, made this egg look like a topographic greenhouse.

In the following egg, a yellow transparent “bellows”, the visitors have to pass through the eye of the storm. Four huge fans created a turbulent autumn storm inside, somewhere between destruction and relief.

At the end of the trail of automatic doors and airlocks, a white shining polyester egg opens up for winter. With knitted interior walls, a spinning neon light fan and a perforated aluminum floor, the rooms temperature of -20°C came as no surprise.

Climate Chambers II
Various materials
40 x 12 x 9 m
Bigert & Bergström 1998

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Humidity Chamber ext.
Documented during mock-up
Polyester, foam-rubber sponge, steel,
glas, copper, pumps, light
5 x 7 x 5 m
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1998
Humidity Chamber int.
Documented during mock-up
Polyester, foam-rubber sponge, steel,
glas, copper, pumps, light
5 x 7 x 5 m
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1998
Heat Chamber ext.
Documented during mock-up
Polycarbonate, cheramic heaters, aluminum,
copper, polyster, wood
5 x 7 x 5 m
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1998
Heat Chamber int.
Documented during mock-up
Polycarbonate, cheramic heaters, aluminum,
copper, polyster, wood
5 x 7 x 5 m
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1998
Storm Chamber ext.
Documented during mock-up
Pvc, steel,
aluminum, fans. 7 x 5 x 5 m
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1998
Storm Chamber int.
Documented during mock-up
Pvc, steel,
aluminum, fans. 7 x 5 x 5 m
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1998
Freeze Chamber ext.
Documented during mock-up
Polyester, aluminum, freezer,
neon lights, cotton
5 x 7 x 5 m
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1998
Freeze Chamber int.
Documented during mock-up
Polyester, aluminum, freezer,
neon lights, cotton
5 x 7 x 5 m
Photo: Charlie Drevstam
Bigert & Bergström 1998

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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