Rozā māja / Pink House

Aigars Bikše, Kristaps Gulbis “Rozā māja”, darbs 51. Starptautiskajai Venēcijas mākslas biennālei, 2005

Aigars Bikše, Kristaps Gulbis “Pink House”, 2005

 

The multidisciplinary art project “Pink House” was presented as a collateral event of the 51st International Venice Biennale. “Pink House” was an art project organised by the Latvian artists Aigars Bike and Kristaps Gulbis, and the Center for Art Management and Information (MMIC).

Onsen

Interaktīvā instalācija “Onsen”, sadarbībā ar Hayashi Yosuhiko, Rīga, Latvija, 2014

Interactive installation “Onsen”, in collaboration with Hayashi Yosuhiko (PARAMODEL), Riga, Latvia, 2014

 

Interactive Installation “ONSEN” was an attempt to recreate a traditional Japanese onsen, a hot volcanic pool, in the middle of Riga. The traditional infrastructure and design that is related to onsen in Japanese culture was substituted with a postmodern minimalist approach. The pool of the onsen was large 8 meters in diameter granite pool that in the summer, autumn and spring is used as a fountain. In Latvia as in the many other countries fountains are structures of power and wealth, they are displayed in the most prominent parts of town and it is not traditional for people to immerse their feet in it or other interactions with them. Interactive Installation “ONSEN” looked exceptionally good at night time, giving it a surreal look.

Project was a great example of how a part of city can change and react to injected new element in the cityscape, causing people to respond to the unexpected turn in the environment and integrating with it as a functional part of everyday life.