Záviš Unzeitig a Jakub Trčka: BIOPLAN
21. 3. 2019 – 13. 4. 2019
Opening on March 20 at 7 PM
NIKA Gallery, Metro B Karlovo náměstí hall (direction Palackého náměstí)
What should have been the planned route of the expressway from Masaryk Station to Vaclav Havel Airport? An architectural duo answers this question using the characteristics of slime mould, micro-celled organisms that are capable of navigating an artificially designed maze to find the shortest and most effective path leading to food.
Unzeitig and Trčka deploy the mould cultures into a small 3D model of Prague coated in agar, a breeding soil for the slime mould, which is irrigated in a pattern of regular intervals. Food for these organisms is then placed at the airport and the Masaryk Station, as well as important traffic spots with a high density of building structures and inhabitants, thereby allowing the architects to accomplish a greater relevance of results of this alternative urban study and show the physical way that a route from point A to point B should be planned. BIOPLAN is therefore a live installation that transforms in time and that introduces new ways to solve urban problems through science and biology.
Curator: Kamila Huptychová
Graphics: Vítek Jebavý & Jiří Macků