OAT 2019 ARPA
Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo, 2019
Despite the rumors, automation could contribute to the construction of eco sustainable paradise, freed from the fatigue of labour and supported by an ecosystem of machines.
ARPA is an artefact reflecting on the progressive transformation of labour and the socio-economic consequences linked to the introduction of automation in production processes.
The proposal is shaped as an instrument of propaganda, a device part of larger communication strategy staged in the city of Oslo, informing about a forthcoming technological revolution. The collision between the two media involved – still images and scrolling video-texts – unveils a disturbing asymmetry between the positive impact generated by an efficiently automated Utopia and the emerging social topography, dominated simultaneously by luddite revivals and machines enthusiasms.