Kalliwoda describes his project as polliniferous, meaning it has the ability to carry pollen — in this case, pollen is a metaphor for knowledge. World In A Shell is designed to carry knowledge around the world and ‘pollinate’ other cultures. The project launched its tour in March of 2010 at the MuseumPark in Rotterdam, and it will travel for the next 5 years to remote spots in culturally significant places to capture and store pictures, drawings, recordings, stories, self-representations, and art works about local people, their culture, and their living conditions. As the walk-in-sculpture travels around the globe, it takes with it all this information and passes it on to the next group of people.
We’re fascinated with the idea of a traveling recorder and sculpture, especially as it is designed to preserve tradition and culture, but we’re totally blown away by the off-grid capabilities that have been engineered into the mobile space. The design of World In A Shell started back in 2001 at TU Delft as a collaboration between over 50 students from various faculties. The entire exhibition space packs down into a 20′ shipping container, making it easy to ship anywhere in the world.