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UTZON BOREALIS

IN MEMORIAM JØRN UTZON

This phenomenological installation works with space and sensations.

It is a personal approach to the work of Jørn Utzon, the great Danish architect, translated to an audiovisual and contemporary media.

Thinking about the Utzon’s work brings to mind thoughts of clouds, northern lights, and ethereal dream-like feelings for me. Most particularly the dramatic roofs of his buildings, floating over massive, robust and rational bases.

I feel that Utzon taught us how to be lyrical and rational at the same time, how to dream the contemporary, discovering new hidden possibilities within Modern Architecture.

Utzon’s investigations provide profound lessons for me, inspiring an understanding of how architecture should be now: delicate, suggestive, reactive, using contemporary technologies and capturing our zeitgeist.

Jørn Utzon Borealis aspires to be a non-tectonic, audiovisual approach to XXI Century architecture – a meditation about the experience of spatial sensation, using video and sound.

Visuals were played in real time.

Many thanks to Adrian Carter, Amiina, Juanjo, María, Nacho, Morten and all the nice staff at the Utzon Center.

Dedicated to Rocio Rodríguez and Kela Jurado.

Year: 2008
Location: AALBORG, DENMARK
Client: UTZON CENTER
Program: SPATIAL POETRY.
Dimensions: 50 m2
Status: BUILT
Design Team: Original concept, audiovisuals, art direction and production by JAVIER MILARA. Production assistance by ROCÍO RODRÍGUEZ, KELA JURADO and IGNACIO F. TORRES. Soundtrack by AMIINA.