The Web Assembled Pavilion

Michael Jantzen Studio


 The Web Assembled Pavilion is a project that explores ways in which the Internet can be used to directly interact with the physical built environment. In this case, a large steel cube made of twelve sections begins its transformation at the center of a large circular platform. Each of the twelve sections of the cube are attached at their bases to thin cables, which are connected to small electric motors. The cables and motors are located in tracks under the platform. The motors slowly pull each of the twelve sections of the cube back and forth from the center to the perimeter of the platform, in response to instructions they receive through the Internet, from people all over the world. A web cam is located above the pavilion so that its transformation can be seen by all of those who choose to participant in the manipulation of the cube. The specific movements of each of the twelve pieces of the cube are determined by a mass consensus of votes by all of the participants. As a result, the way in which the cube is disassembled and/or reassembled is never predictable. It is always reforming itself in response to the collective consciousness of those who interact with it through the Internet. If there is ever a period of Internet inactivity, memories of past activity patterns are stored electronically, so they can be replayed.  The Web Assembled Pavilion is designed to be located in a public venue like a park. To keep everyone safe, as soon as a visitor steps onto the platform of the pavilion, all of the cube sections stop moving. This and many other projects of mine attempt to explore ways in which we can re-invent the built environment, to meet the challenges of an ever changing and complex world.