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Archivate completes pop-up installation in Kensington

Archivate – a collective of architectural designers, musicians and film-makers – has completed this pop-up installation in the grade II-listed Kensington Central Library

The emerging architectural collective constructed the 4m-tall pavilion from what they described as ‘yesterday’s news’ - paper donated by The Guardian.

Visitors to the pop-up installation can interact with the project ‘creating an archive of thoughts, stories and ideas’. They are encouraged to answer questions and their answers are recorded and played back through headphones attached to the exterior of the structure.

In a statement, Archivate said: ‘We hope that Contemplating Community will create an open platform where thoughts
can be considered and shared, with the potential to spark a collective dialogue. This project seeks to provide a public space to enable the community to encounter itself.’

The pavilion will be in place at Kensington Central Library in West London as part of the InTRANSIT Festival until the 27 July.

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Archivate reveals plans for pop-up installation

Archivate – a collective of architectural designers, musicians and film-makers – has revealed plans for a pop-up installation in west London made from recycled newspapers

Constructed from ‘yesterday’s news’ the 4m-tall pavilion is made out of plywood and paper donated by The Guardian.

The pavilion will be installed in the grade II-listed Kensington Central Library and will encourage visitors to interact with the project creating an archive of thoughts stories and ideas.

The installation will be in place throughout the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s InTRANSIT festival (18-27 July).


The architect’s view

Built out of fabric, wood, and recycled newspaper donated by the Guardian, the installation defines two distinct spaces - internal and external - connected through sound recordings.

In the tradition of Mass Observation and the work of Humphrey Jennings, Charles Madge and BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Listening Project’, the installation collects the voices of a community and immediately offers them back, allowing for contemplation. On entering the space constructed out of yesterday’s news, visitors are encouraged to speak unprompted, or respond to a question. Their speech is recorded and processed by open source software to mix and meld with the other recorded contributions.

Headphones placed on the outside of the structure play back the composition to the community. Sound designers for the installation have created a program that enables listeners to hear a number of contributions concurrently, yet allowing one clear voice to take precedence at a time.

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