Initiated by UVA students, in collaboration with the Rietveld Academy, the Stedelijk Museum, and Layar, this project was build around the idea of a virtual museum right in the public sphere. The exhibition space was the Museumplein in Amsterdam, next to the Rijksmuseum. Everyone passing by and equipped with a smartphone that has an Augmented Reality app installed, could explore the art works.
In his early works around 1925 Frederick Kiesler envisioned the RAUMSTADT for an exhibition in Paris. Taking this 100 year old idea to the next level, I envision the same conceptual structure to serve as grid for social networks and virtual reality, embedded in the modern city. Borders and transitions between the real and virtual get crossed, virtual space floats into reality.
Raumstadt realizes the first time in history the dream of a floating city. A city with infinite transitions between the real and the virtual. The sculpture is a geometry of participation: it is the next step as a social network, way-finding tool and as a browser.
The dream is the levitating city. A city that goes beyond the materialized networks of pipes, streets, canals and buildings. The city of the future is a city of information, knowledge and dialogue. It deals with ubiquitous computing, augmented reality and new forms of spacial perception.
Stedelijk Museum curator Margriet Schavemaker about the selected art works for the Ik op het Museumplein exposition.