astikopoesia (project proposal @Shenzhen)

2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture (Shenzhen) Light show


ASTIKOPOESIA by the internationally acclaimed Finnish duo Pink Twins, is the proposal ARTinTRA submitted for the UABB 2019 Light Show Creative Design Competition to be projected on 40 skyscrapers on the riverside of the city of Shenzhen.

ASTIKOPOESIA is a fascinating, site-specific, computer-animated video and sound installation , produced in response to the 2019 theme ‘URBAN INTERACTIONS’ for the city of Shenzhen. The proposed work is based upon architectural and mathematical theories, algorithmic sequences, social and internet studies, colorimetry, as well as philosophical questions around existence, co-existence and systemic interactions within a shared environment. The neologism of the word ASTIKOPOESIA derives from the Greek words ‘astiko’ which means ‘urban’ and ‘civil’, and ‘poesia’ which is the Spanish version of the Greek word ‘poiisi’ which means both ‘creation’ and ‘poetry’. The term attempts to reflect upon the new poetics, interactions and realities created in a digitized, globalized world as experienced within urban environments.

The video is both organic and mechanical, resembling multiple interconnected cybernetic organisms. The abstract shapes of ASTIKOPOESIA, deconstruct and reconstruct themselves within a shared urban environment and under the same sky reminding us the natural order of the cosmos. The perennial formations, in perfect colour correlations, are vibrantly intensifying the dynamics of the human species with technology, questioning the future of humanity. The abstract multi-channelled video installation, combined with the maximalist soundtrack will create unique synaesthetic experiences that traverse the dimensions of space and time challenging human perception.

The Finnish duo Pink Twins (Juha and Vesa Vehviläinen) are internationally known for their vibrant, abstractive videos and maximalist sound installations. Their digitally developed imagery, comprised of abstractive forms and unusually vibrant colours, is in perennial motion. Pink Twins selected exhibitions include: “Moving Image Festival”, NYC (2015), “Out Of Our Heads” project, Shoreditch Town Hall, London (2014), “Matters of Time”, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2014), CentroCentro, Madrid (2012), “Thank You for the Music”, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2012), “Repeat All”, Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas (2010), ”Arctic Hysteria”, P.S.1 MoMA, Queens, NYC (2008).