Tools/Flagship Shelters

Flagship Shelters

As part of the group exhibition TOKYO, Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis at MOT Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, SUPERFLEX presented Flagship Shelters.



MOT invited local and international artists to reflect on Tokyo in its contemporary state, asking the question; What kind of image does Tokyo present as a cultural centre as it prepares to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020?


SUPERFLEX created a series of 3D models that are versions of some of the most exclusive and prominent flagship brand stores in Tokyo (e.g Prada, Miu Miu and Hugo Boss) made by some of the most recognized contemporary architects (e.g Herzog & De Mouron, Toyo Ito and SANAA). The models are scaled into shelter size 1:20 and are designed to be constructed in material such as plywood shed-standard size and tent fabric, these new structures are intended for people seeking a place of shelter. The models are accompanied by photographs of specific locations from Ueno Park that is inhabited by many homeless.


For Roskilde Festival 2016 three of the Flagship Shelters were built in shed-size structures to function as recreational VIP-lounges for the bottle and refund collectors during the festival. The lounges were offering food, shelter, internet and electricity for those who had the exclusive bottle collector VIP wristband.


 

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As part of the group exhibition TOKYO, Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis at MOT Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, SUPERFLEX presented the new tool Flagship Shelters.
MOT invited local and international artists to describe Tokyo in its contemporary state, asking the question; What kind of image does Tokyo present as a cultural centre as it prepares to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020? SUPERFLEX created a series of 3D models that are versions of some of the most exclusive and prominent flagship brand stores in Tokyo (e.g Prada, Miu Miu and Hugo Boss) made by some of the most recognized contemporary architects (e.g Herzog & De Mouron, Toyo Ito and SANAA). The models are scaled into shelter size 1:20 and are designed to be constructed in material such as plywood shed-standard size and tent fabric, these new structures are intended for people seeking a place of shelter. The models are accompanied by photographs of specific locations from Ueno Park that is inhabited by many homeless.


 


Flagship Shelters/Bottle Collectors VIP
For the 2016 edition of Roskilde Festival SUPERFLEX presented a further development of Flagship Shelters, the tool Flagship Shelters/Bottle Collectors VIP. The work was located in Art Zone and part of the overall artistic theme 'equality'.

Flagship Shelters/Bottle Collectors VIP is inspired by three of the most exclusive and prominent fashion stores' headquarters in Tokyo designed by super-star architects. SUPERFLEX has interpreted the world-class architecture and downscaled it into shed-size structures made in basic, accesible materials, such as wood and transluscent, plastic canvas.


The shelters will function as exclusive, recreational VIP-lounges for the bottle and refund collectors at the festival, offering a number of accommodating services such as refreshments, food, charging stations etc. Roskilde Festival has for several years witnessed a conflict between the festival visitors and the bottle collectors. Flagship Shelters/Bottle Collectors VIP is SUPERFLEX' artistic processing and examination of this socio-economic conflict. SUPERFLEX seeks to challenge the conventional social and economic structures in society as well as at Roskilde Festival, where the implementation of a wristband hierarchy gives access to different privileges. Flagship Shelters/Bottle Collectors VIP is a critical commentary on the growing social and economical inequality. SUPERFLEX reflects on Roskilde Festival as a place where the majority come to listen to music and party, but how there is also a large number of people to whom it is a essential, economic income to collect refund during the festival.


Flagship Shelters/Bottle Collectors VIP is designed and realised in collaboration with KWY and Warehouse. Structural engineering by A2P.


 

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