The wall is generally regarded as a main architectural element. It literally
defines the architectural space - an interior, as opposed to the outside
world. It is stable, settled, untransformable, structural, fundamental.
The wallpaper is a minimal, though powerful device for the transformation
of this interior space. It is a thin paper surface, as fragile as skin.
It is ornamental not structural. It easily deteriorates yet still has
the power of bringing something else into the interior in which it is
applied. Something which comes from the external world. Other spaces,
other times. Images of others. In a way, wallpaper acts like a window.
It is a connection to the exterior world, but it is also its opposite
as it adds one more layer to the wall that isolates the inside from the
outside, reinforcing interiority, providing a sense of privacy. In our
project, the interior space in which the wall paper is to be applied is
the city of Berlin itself.
In a way, the wallpaper acts like a window. It is a connection to the
exterior world. But it is also its opposite, as it adds one more layer
to the wall that isolates the inside from the outside, reinforcing interiority,
providing a sense of privacy. The wallpaperwall will approach this complex
relationship between interior/exterior, the domestic and the urban, the
private and the public. An aesthetics of the interface, it will be located
on the glass windows, the ultimate border elements, the site where the
connection between interior/exterior is most strongly experienced.
The Wall*paperwal is a double-sided intervention, facing both the exterior
and the interior of the bikinihaus. a naturalistic graphic pattern, inspired
on the wallpapers from the fifties (the time when the bikinihaus was built),
will be applied to the exterior, providing an interior-like look to the
city. A textual pattern, inspired on inscriptions found in the immediate
context, will be applied to the interior, providing an urban look to the
exhibition space. moreover, the graphic pattern will spread over some
of the columns of the exhibition space, relating both to the image glanced
from the exterior and to what one can see from the interior when the windows
On the first days of the exhibition, the artists will be cutting new windows
on the wallpaperwall surface by removing bits of the previously applied
wallpapers. The actual landscape will be then partially disclosed, lending
itself to the continuous process of transformation of the wallpaperwall
pattern, at the same time that the original interior/exterior problematic
that had given birth to the intervention will be brought back to view.
The members of the wall*paperwall group are all graduate students at the
Bartlett, UCL, London. Sophie Handler and Evangelia Fotsi have attended
the Master in Architectural Theory Program in 2002/03. Aslihan Senel and
Willem de Bruijn are students from the MPhil/PhD by Theory. Ana Araujo
attends the MPhil/PhD by Design. In their project wall*paperwall they
deal with the surface of buildings and towns as medium of perception and