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MAEID [Büro für Architektur und transmediale Kunst] is an interdisciplinary practice questioning the relationship between the human, space and performativity. The work needs to be understood as a seamless interaction between computation, the material and the virtual, living systems & machines.

MAEID is led by Daniela Mitterberger and Tiziano Derme.

Within the team are operating collaborating continously different professionals and artists.

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“The Savage Mind” is a project split in an in-situ installation and an animated movie examining the relation between the digital documentation of cultural heritage and the narration of a speculative architecture. Over one month a hay space was installed, overlaying the ritualistic space of "Tischziachn", which exists in some communities of East Tyrol. The custom of Tischziachn, is a ritualistic play, where the young villagers face the herd of Krampus by trying to hold the position of a table with the greatest effort. Originally, it was situated in the private kitchens of the old farmhouses but as most houses underwent renovations, the rite got transported onto the public space,- the streets or fields of the village. The construction site "field A2" is the ritualistic place for the ritual "Tischziachn".  Everything used for constructing the space was sourced locally, including the fabrication technology, which was making use of a christmastree wrapping machine. The walls of hay articulate a space of energy , flowlines, dynamism - all elements well know to visitors of the ritual. The structure remains as part of field 2A,- incorporating all cycles of architecture : communal fabrication, ritualistic usage, decomposition.

The birth of contemporary rituals provides evolving scenarios for architectures whose shape and language are yet to be invented and the origin of form is connected to the invention or the interpretation of the ritual. Referring Architecture to a ritual means considering architecture as cognitive category which needs to be perceived, felt almost as spatial instinct loosely compared to the one of the animals [1].  Architecture helps to trigger your memory of why we are here and the truth behind the illusion of reality.

Within this frame Architecture doesn't develop individually but is inherited within the psyche of the ritual evoking potential language of the mind taken taken to resemble a collective UN-conscious, a “Category of Imagination”. It is something we can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents.

[1]  For example,  birds instinctively know how to build nests and all the birds of a species build the exact same kind of nest. The bird is unaware that it has a special instinct for a particular form of nest building. Nevertheless, it does._ K. Jung, Archetypes


Type: Founded Research Project Design Team: Daniela Mitterberger, Tiziano Derme Partners: Bundesministerien - Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Photos: copyright by Zita Oberwalder

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