Inspiration for ARARAT

The inspiration for the architecture and the philosophy behind the exhibition came mainly from the US and the UK. The access to ecological or alternative architecture literature was very limited in Sweden and people were dependent on foreign sources. Individuals hereby played a key role as mediators of this information and books and personal contacts made during frequent study trips, became important for the dissemination of information. To the sources of inspiration for ARARAT can be mentioned the exhibition Architecture without architects at Museum of Modern Art in New York put together by the architect Bernard Rudolfsky in 1964, which had a deep civilization critique and highlighted pristine building cultures around the world. Another inspiration was a publication that has been counted as one of the most important sources for the American alternative movement, Whole Earth Catalogue. The ambition with the catalogue was to create access to tools related to the alternative- and environmental movement. It was a truly multi-disciplinary product and has been seen as a predecessor to Google. The catalogue was divided in seven themes and the first Understanding whole systems is recalled in the statement of ARARAT; that energy flows should be be coordinated as part of whole systems. There are many connections to ARARAT: The exhibition’s positive outlook on the future, that it despite a difficult starting point is possible to create a better world, has its base in the world of ideas that Whole Earth Catalogue represent and which was also a characteristic of the Swedish alternative- and environmental movement during the 1970’s. Also the structure of the exhibition and the sometimes breathtaking connections made over genre borders – experimentally technological, artistic or historical – had clear convergences with the catalogue. The ambition of spreading information is also similar and ARARAT can be seen as a grand three dimensional information center and a source of inspiration for alternative architecture and technology.

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