Astro Balloon 1969 Revisited - Feedback Space is a heart-shaped installation, resembling a double sphere or the eyes of an abstract insect.

The soft pneumatic construction tempts people to touch it. When entering the installation, the visitor grasps at two acrylic handles furnished with stainless steel foil serving as sensors. The hereby measured heartbeat of the visitors is transformed on two membranes with reproductions of LED panels, lights and sound. Thus the installation becomes a cloud-like transparent and light reflecting floating space. Inside Feedback Space translucent layers catch the light of the projections and semi-transparent glaring and illuminating layers are supported by delicate constructions, never touching the boundaries of the airy sphere.

Based on the idea of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s „Feedback-Circuit Program“ from 1971 which would be called ‘network’ today, the non-verbal communication (network) of the physicalness should be seen as module of the development of a city.

Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU says: “Our Astro Balloon is actually a very old idea. 40 years ago in 1969, we created a prototype. Back then I was dreaming that once there will be the technical possibility to realize it in the future. Now this dream has become reality. If you step in and touch the handle, you can see und hear your heartbeat. This means that your body is part of the architecture and at the same time your body is changing architecture. The theoretical background of our work is the following:

Not architecture is changing the human being, but the human being is able to change architecture.

The theoretical contribution refers to the heartbeat and the body that is changing the space. Architecture has the duty to create spaces which are committed to new experiences for our senses. This is what Astro Balloon 1969 Revisited - Feedback Space shows.”




COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix / W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
Project Architect: Markus Pillhofer
Project Team: Felix Gmeiner, Cynthia Kallmeyer, Alexander Ott, Markus Pillhofer, Clayton Taylor


Cat-x, Conceptual Art Technologies, Prix & Schiebeck OEG, Vienna, Austria
Artex, Artex Art Services, Vienna, Austria
Schultes, Schultes Pneus, Vienna, Austria

First presented at: 11th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia
September 14 – November 23, 2008
Venue: L’ Arsenale

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