Vote, Installation, Gwangju, Korea, 2013 0/0
2013 Gwangju Design Biennale Folly Project
Vote, Installation, Gwangju, Korea, 2013 0/0
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Vote, Installation, Gwangju, Korea, 2013
2013 Gwangju Design Biennale Folly Project
ENG
VOTE by Rem Koolhaas & Ingo Niermann

Each person stepping or rolling through this device we call simply “Vote” is counted electronically so that the typical disputes about the actual number of participants are eliminated. The results of the issues are archived online to satisfy an ever-growing demand for quantification and ranking. This growing demand is often interpreted as the result of a progressive commodification. Placing a number on something is only a short step away from pricing it. But democracy is about counting too, and it is no coincidence that standardized coins were invented around the same time. As basic counting technology makes no distinction between voters, you would have the chance to vote several times on the same question. You might even go back and forth endlessly, for days or months on end, assembling thousands of votes. Social monitoring would admonish or even applaud you for such an extraordinary engagement. Vote thus becomes a model study in grassroots democracy, or at least a playful experiment. How to deal with this new public tool has yet to be developed and might vary extremely from place to place.




In Gwangju, Vote is positioned in the middle of a busy shopping and entertainment district that is mainly frequented by teenagers. A narrow street is divided into three pedestrian lanes marked “Yes,” “No,” and “Maybe.” A delegation of the Gwangju Youth Center has been commissioned to detect the most urgent issues teenagers and other citizens of Gwangju should vote on in the midst of streets lined with clothing shops, tarot reading stalls, karaoke bars, and cafés. Previously existing street furniture invites these “walk-through” voters to relax, contemplate, and discuss.

WEBSITE ADDRESS : www.gwangjuvote.com
[PROJECT TEAM]
OMA (Alexander Giarlis, Grace H. Cho, Victor Nyman, Jihyun Woo)
[LOCAL ARCHITECT]
OBBA (Sojung Lee & Sangjoon Kwak)
[LOCAL COLLABORATOR]
Sangbong Sim
[LOCAL PARTNER]
Gwangju Youth Center
[CURATORIAL TEAM]
Director : Nikolaus Hirsch
Curators : Eui Young Chun, Philipp Misselwitz
[HOSTED BY]
Gwangju Metropolitan City
[ORGANIZED BY]
Gwangju Biennale Foundation
VOTE by Rem Koolhaas & Ingo Niermann

Each person stepping or rolling through this device we call simply “Vote” is counted electronically so that the typical disputes about the actual number of participants are eliminated. The results of the issues are archived online to satisfy an ever-growing demand for quantification and ranking. This growing demand is often interpreted as the result of a progressive commodification. Placing a number on something is only a short step away from pricing it. But democracy is about counting too, and it is no coincidence that standardized coins were invented around the same time. As basic counting technology makes no distinction between voters, you would have the chance to vote several times on the same question. You might even go back and forth endlessly, for days or months on end, assembling thousands of votes. Social monitoring would admonish or even applaud you for such an extraordinary engagement. Vote thus becomes a model study in grassroots democracy, or at least a playful experiment. How to deal with this new public tool has yet to be developed and might vary extremely from place to place.




In Gwangju, Vote is positioned in the middle of a busy shopping and entertainment district that is mainly frequented by teenagers. A narrow street is divided into three pedestrian lanes marked “Yes,” “No,” and “Maybe.” A delegation of the Gwangju Youth Center has been commissioned to detect the most urgent issues teenagers and other citizens of Gwangju should vote on in the midst of streets lined with clothing shops, tarot reading stalls, karaoke bars, and cafés. Previously existing street furniture invites these “walk-through” voters to relax, contemplate, and discuss.

WEBSITE ADDRESS : www.gwangjuvote.com
ENG
[PROJECT TEAM]
OMA (Alexander Giarlis, Grace H. Cho, Victor Nyman, Jihyun Woo)
[LOCAL ARCHITECT]
OBBA (Sojung Lee & Sangjoon Kwak)
[LOCAL COLLABORATOR]
Sangbong Sim
[LOCAL PARTNER]
Gwangju Youth Center
[CURATORIAL TEAM]
Director : Nikolaus Hirsch
Curators : Eui Young Chun, Philipp Misselwitz
[HOSTED BY]
Gwangju Metropolitan City
[ORGANIZED BY]
Gwangju Biennale Foundation