Turkish practice Melike Altinisik Architects – MAA participated in the 21st brand conference with the interactive installation “THE GATE” at Tersane Istanbul (Golden Horn Port).
“Where, how and what do we live in? What kind of universe do we live in?
Melike Altinisik Architects created “THE GATE” with these unanswered questions that are still looking for answers. MAA’s installation, “THE GATE,” creates an interactive spatial interface between the “present” and “future.” At the same time, MAA seeks to offer a new perspective that is sustainable awareness to heal the wounds we have left to nature and humanity for future generations.
“THE GATE”, like Tersane, appeared at the crossroads of 550 years of mossy and stratified history and exists at the crossroads of nature and humanity. “THE GATE” exists in a nebulous “moment” and “space” that encompasses movement, social interaction and perceptual existence with the observer. People are constantly asked throughout their lives.
“Present and Future” is a common expression in nature and the universe that expresses the principle of duality and complementarity. All spatial and functional transformations in Tersane’s historical process reflect a duality of continuity and discontinuity in its natural environment.
People encounter thresholds and are not aware of them before entering this frame. When people see the sea, they dream of the land, the sky when they touch the earth, the day when they know the night, and the “future” when they live in the “today”.
“THE GATE” refers to the historical process around it and the physical layer that takes the lead in its place. “THE GATE” holds a new setting with a Corten gate to the city, which contains contradictions, dualities and the definition of borderlessness. At the same time, the perforated reflective surface in its center disappears all dualities. People face the city in this unique place where land and sea meet. While experiencing “THE GATE”, humans can observe themselves and what they leave behind.
“THE GATE”, tells the present and future story through a digital layer that interacts with a reflective perforated metal surface at the intersection. The digital layer of AR (Augmented Reality Technology) in “THE GATE” confronts the observer with the worlds of “Present” and “Future” at the crossroads of time. The “Present” interface creates scenarios in the AR world to raise awareness of the climate issues that shake our world and lives every day.
“THE GATE” allows the audience today to see the destruction of nature in an ever-changing world and the surreal destruction of the urban landscape. People are beginning to understand the return of wild nature (re-wilding nature) in the “future” interface as the technological tectonics changes and develops. Wild nature will be revived in the “future”, and humans, nature and technology will coexist harmoniously. Nature resurrected tells the story of a fight for today’s climate crisis.
“THE GATE” builds a long-term bridge between the present and the future and expresses itself through the AR interface. In addition to their morphology, it confronts them with different scenarios. “THE GATE” is a metamorphosis, not a transformation. This journey that “THE GATE” has established over time is one of self-questioning in nature.
“THE GATE” is the experience of balancing humans, nature and technology.
For more on Melike Altinisik and MAA, you can listen to PA Talks 20 – Melike Altinisik
Location: Tersane Istanbul
Size: 180 m²
Organization: MARKA 2022
Sponsor: Yapı Kredi World
Curation: In-Between Design Platform
Architect: Melike Altinisik Architects-MAA
Design: Melike Altinisik
Creative Media Lead: Bengu Ozmutlu
project team: Bengü Ozmutlu, Elifcan Merden, Ece Tunca
Project Creative Consultant: Melih Altinisik
Assistant Team: Selen Bektas, Nursena Colak, Abdullah Mallah, Mert Nalıncıoglu, Duru Yolac, Seyma Olcay
Digital manufacturing: MAALab
Manufacturing contractor: DDF – Dream Design Factory
Photography: GREYER – Mehmet Akif Sarı