Aarhus Arc: Three Acts is a workshop held by David Gersten, Cooper Union, from February 2nd to February 10th at Aarhus School of Architecture. During the workshop Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Perez Gomez will participate in Skype conversations with David Gersten and the students. These conversations will be open to the public and will take place February 4th and 6th at 4 pm both days.
The theme of the workshop is drawing and the final product be a 3,5 meter and 20 meter long arc with students drawings as a part of the arc. The work will be presented friday the 10th.

“The ark is an architectural hinge, the last architecture before the flood and the first architecture after, the sole framing structure that survived that event. During the flood, there is nothing recognizable; it is difficult to even imagine. But, isn’t the difficulty due to the speed in which it happens? In the story, the flood is instantaneous; it happens all at once, and that is what destroys all living crea- tures except those in the ark. We could ask: What aspect of the ark allowed it to save the creatures from the flood? What if the ark is an ARC in time? Arc as in a curve, slowing time. If the arc is a curve that slows time, then the creatures in it experienced the flood in a whole different way; It is the same water but over a longer period of time. If the arc is a curve that slows time, aligning it with life-time, the flood would not be a destructive event. The flood would be a place that allowed life.”

David Gersten

Video from last years (smaller) workshop with David Gersten:

By Thomas Lillevang