Curators info

1. Organizational manual
2. Placing of countries and regions at Prague Exhibition Grounds
3. Architectural concept and floor-plans

1. Organizational manual

Organizational manual

2. Placing of countries and regions at Prague Exhibition Grounds

One bowl contained the space numbers (orange/blue) and one the names of the exhibitors (red/yellow). One was drawn from each bowl until all were gone. Note that those countries which formed clusters have already been assigned their spaces and were not included in this random lottery. Note final spatial layout may be adjusted slightly to meet technical needs of the overall exhibition.

Exhibition of Countries and Regions

Exhibition of Countries and Regions – video

Student Exhibition

Student Exhibition – video

3. Architectural concept and floor-plans

To have a clearer imagination of how spaces will look like, please see floor plans attached below. Please, keep in mind that floor plans are illustrative; the concept is still in progress.

The establishment of a city – or any other settlement for that matter – reflects not only the conditions of social development and various economic pressures but also decisions imposed by dominant, outside forces. On a smaller scale, urbanism is based on specific characteristics, which serve as an external framework for the space.

The urbanism of temporary exhibitions is similar, but with other dimensions beyond functionality and the rational division of space, as well as the advantage that it is a metaphorical space not intended to be occupied “for ages”. The metaphor of space temporarily occupied by representations of more than 70 independent countries and regions is an idealistic concept of materializing a shared earth and global peace.

The task was to create a level playing field for all participants where political and economic influence are not considerations, where large countries occupy the same number of square meters as small island states. This gesture conceals a universal potential based on equality and dignity. So how do we artificially organize this international cluster? The fairest way of dividing any equal amount is to use a grid, which offers clarity and easy servicing.

However, this type of rationality contains its own authoritarian gesture, such as the layout of a military camp or a sales fair, where the main goal is the efficiency of military action or the maximization of profit. But what if the space is subject to negotiation? What if the borders, communication, and management of shared or in-between spaces must be renegotiated to take into account the other party? In these situations, the space is considered to be held in common, but not because someone else has decided on it – it is shared on the basis of mutual respect. Only then are urbanists able to offer appropriate coordinates, ones that will facilitate negotiations and define the given space as open and transparent.