Beautiful Failures is a story of construction-destruction-construction to reflect on the rich history of the Mies van der Rohe German Pavilion of Barcelona 1929 International Exhibition. At the same time, it considers current events that transcend material culture and question our memory and ethics. While many architectural utopias are framed in glass’s hypnotic qualities, many dystopias have been devised based on its contradictions. Glass failures and sound recordings were collected from an glass studio to form the basis of a musical narrative on the life cycle of glass.
A music score was generated with channels exploring glass attributes. An highlight moment per channel was then marked and overlapped into the pavilion planimetric representation with each floor tile functioning as a sound container. The music score became a mediation device allowing information exchange between music, glass and exhibition space. The highlighted markers in the music composition now signal specific intervention opportunities on the architectural space.Production: MEATS, 2020-2021. Mies van der Rohe pavilion Barcelona.
All exhibition components are discarded pieces from Ferran’s glass studio in Barcelona.
Glass clusters were placed according to topographic model.