Spatial Fabulations & Other Tales of Representation in Virtual Reality

VR Installation - Spatial Fabulations & Other Tales of Representation in Virtual Reality in Frankfurt - Co-curator

Spatial Fabulations and Other Tales of Representation in Virtual Reality comprises of eleven projects that explore various architectural themes spanning from urban narratives to active participation in architectural design in Virtual Reality. The projects engage with real time surveillance, personal and poetic narratives from foreign cities, the work of select architects - such as Bernard Tschumi and Oswald Mathias Ungers, to machine-driven and robotic processes as part of architectural design.

The visitors are invited on journeys that explore insides and outsides of buildings and cities, or to interactively produce or explore forms that are made possible by computers and their algorithms. Subjective experience or creative participation is fused with machinic processes that underlie the contemporary production of architectural forms and our spatial experience.

The eleven projects are presented in a scenography of sculpted objects that are strewn across the floor of Mousonturm’s Studio 2. The objects appear as fragments and may or may not belong to a single whole. Yet, they make up a garden of strange objects, anchors or portals to virtual worlds.

The Städelschule Architecture Class presents two exhibitions as part of Narratives in Boundless Space. The exhibitions comprises projects which have been produced by students of Johan Bettum and Yara Feghali in the Master Thesis Studio, Architecture and Aesthetic Practice, at the Städelschule Architecture Class.

In Mousonturm’s Studio 1, Cartographies of Venice is shown. These projects, eight in total, are all specific to Venice and based on on-site specific research.

In Mousonturm’s Studio 2, Spatial Fabulations and Other Tales of Representation in Virtual Reality comprise of eleven projects that each revolve around specific architectural interests and use Virtual Reality to offer challenging and entertaining architectural experiences.

The exhibition presents Virtual Reality projects produced by members of Städelschule’s Master Thesis studio, Architecture and Aesthetic Practice, opens on May 1 and runs through May 5.

SAC was also hosting a conversation in connection to the opening of "Narratives in Boundless Space" with Marco Brambilla, Luisa Clement, Liam Young, Martine Beugnet, Sanford Kwinter, Isabella Pasqualini and Edward Vessel moderated by Daniel Birnbaum and Johan Bettum on May 4th 2019 at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.
Cartographies of Venice was presented in an earlier version in the arts center S.a.L.E. Docks in Venice.

VR Installation Narratives in Boundless Space by Johan Bettum, Stefan Wieland, Yara Feghali
Photo Credits: Wolfgang Guenzel
In collaboration with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Graphic Design: Jacqueline Jurt
Supported by Dr. Marshner Stiftung, Städelschule Protikus e.V and Grover
Exhibiting students: Prateek Bajpai, Soubhi Baraghit, Mijail Alexei Franulic Sippa, Haewook Jeong, Suyoung Ko, Soonam Lee, Panagis Marketos, Yeon Joo Oh, Jun Eui Song, Chawapol Watcharasukarn, and Andre Zakhia
Frankfurt, Germany 2019 

Yara Feghali / 2024