The World is Not Fair -- Die Grosse Weltausstellung 2012 -- is a large-scale event that transforms the grounds of Berlin's Tempelhof Airport into an architectural wonderland with 15 recycled pavilions created by architects and artists from all around the world. Architecture firm Raumlabor Berlin worked together with local theater company HAU on the project, which created new places to watch performances, listen to music, participate in conferences, eat al fresco and discuss the future of the world.
Re-appropriating an existing warehouse structure at the ‘abandoned’ Tempelhof Airport, theater director Toshiki Okada created a shelter for performances that evokes the wrecked reactor units in Fukushima.
Using the airport’s red and white striped color code, Dutch artist Willem de Rooij created a sound installation shelter featuring the sounds of Egyptian camels.
Featuring wooden amplifiers, plenty of recycled materials, and a mobile solar kitchen, the Institute fur Raumexperimente — by Prof. Olafur Eliasson — recycled an existing building for “unfair poetry, sounds and discussions” that involve all the senses.
Feireiss also re-appropriated the old airport’s underground bunker for movie projections.
Lebanese artist and director Rabih Mroue built a lean, 145-foot-long shelter that stretches out throughout Tempelhof’s abandoned fields.
It consist of a long corridor that leads visitors to experience 72 frames of ‘The Syrian protesters recording their own deaths’.
Finally, the Festivalzentrum is made from recycled steel beams and repurposed silos. It features a bar on one side and a cocoon-like space for eating and thinking about the future – because, like Tempelhof Airport, it is still open for discussion and it can take any shape we want.
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