Bolleria Industrial, Managing Dissidence in Gardermoen Managing Dissidence in Gardermoen operates on the airport’s manufacturing and assimilation of fabricated experiences. Departing from real stories in which airport regulations have been exposed and contested, the project seeks to produce a set of devices which, singling out the passengers’ cultural particularities, question the airports’ homogenizing rituals and configure a platform for criticality. Through boredom, the oddly familiar scenarios, and the climate-controlled atmospheres of in-transit buffers, the spaces and technologies of the airport relax our sensory spatial apprehension which camouflages the control parameters to which passengers are submitted. Managing Dissidence aims to achieve an enhanced sensory perception which activates the body within the airport’s environment.
In contrast to the individualizing rules of the airport, interactions among users–established in trying to kill time during delays, helping to solve shared inconveniences, or by proximity in the waiting line–create micro-communities based on temporal alliances. Eventually, these interactions can develop into indirect, unsophisticated forms of dissidence, political discussions, and negotiations. Managing Dissidence aims to rethink airport rituals to achieve new forms of aggregation. This project is understood as a form of a soft activism which re-codifies these existing rituals, provoking new social conventions that oppose pre-existing regulations. The proposal analyzes the complete tour that airport travelers must follow, but through the perspective of some characters that decided to avoid the general experience that was offered to them. The tour is divided in 8 sections that are related to a milestone in the promenade: 1.Oddly familiar, 2. Prohibited items, 3.A failure at the security control, 4.Delays and boredom, 5.Dutty free issues, 6.Baggage carousel, 7.Warm welcome… or not and 8.Secondary effects.
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