ROSY by Raumlabor 04.08.11

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"It's like those deep-sea fish with the lamps on their head," says Matthias Rick, describing German collective Raumlabor Berlin's travelling pavilion. "We use architecture as an attractor to catch people."

The whimsically named "ROSY (the ballerina)" has been touring London's parks and open spaces all summer, tirelessly inflating and deflating from the back of a caravan to host a dynamic programme of performance events curated by UP Projects.

The latest experiment in the group's portable "bubbletecture" series, ROSY is made up of three interconnecting polyethylene bubbles, restrained by pink ribbon straps inspired by those of ballet shoes.

"I like it most when it's touching something," says Rick, who designed the pneumatic enclosure to envelop and mould around whatever context it comes up against. "We're interested in using these 'relational fetish objects' to test people's relationships to their public spaces, and show how dividing boundaries can also be points of connection."

 

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Courtesy of UP Projects

 

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Oliver Wainwright

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ROSY (the ballerina)has been touring London's parks and open spaces all summer, tirelessly inflating and deflating from the back of a caravan to host a dynamic programme of performance events curated by UP Projects

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