Flip Books for Fundamentals

Borrowed City, a research project based on informal space occupations, which VCUQatar Assistant Professor Marco Bruno has been developing for the past four years together with Simone Carena and Minji Kim in South Korea, was officially invited to be part of the Korean Pavilion at Fundamentals, the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale directed by Rem Koolhaas.

The main output of the research was a book published by Damdi in Seoul in July 2013. The publication was very successful and received the DAM (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) Award for the 2013 Best Architecture Book at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

For the Venice exhibition, Assistant Professors Bruno and Simone Muscolino developed an interactive installation called Borrowed City Flip that used automated flipbooks to animate the time-based informal space occupations described in the research. This installation took advantage of Muscolino’s latest research in time-based media which focuses on understanding new forms of video-making, experimenting with new technologies and trying to underline a sort of continuity in the history of moving images. The aim of the Borrowed City Flip Installation was to design and build an exhibition to support the dissemination of the Borrowed City project.