Infra(proto)types In the Air
by: Nerea Calvillo
Presentation as a prototype itself: opens questions through the material of In the Air, a project which makes visible the components of the air.
A prototype is generally object oriented, but it can be applied as well to a methodology. In the Air has been developed mainly through international collaborative workshops, held in Madrid, Budapest and Santiago de Chile. Attended by students and professionals from many different fields, origins and ages, different strategies for production, excitement and participation have been tested.
What is the level of adaptiveness of a prototype? Can it be produced by non experts?
Prototype as a re-presentation.
Can a map be a prototype? Can a conglomerate of visualizations be a prototype?
Prototype as a testing machine.
What is the level of “finishness” of a P? How long does it need to last? Does it have to work?
Prototype as a collection, as a process.
How is the P evaluated and in which cultural context? What does success and failure mean?
On the one hand is invention i.e. Ideas, projects, plans, and yet also prototypes and pilot factories: in a word, all that occurs prior to the first uncertain meeting with the user and the judgment which he will pass. (Madeleine Akrich, Michel Callon and Bruno Latour, “The key to success in innovation”)
Prototypes in public.
Can a prototype be shown in the public space? Can tests be done in the public space?
Can something public be a prototype? What is the image of a prototype? What is the image of the finished? What is the aesthetics of the prototype?
A person or a thing that serves as an example of a type.(Collins dictionary)
Would the system become a large scale collective prototype? Can it be emergent and self organized?
The prototypes developed in In the Air could be developed further, but they also have been the door of new paths of research, and the platform or instrument for other analysis:
If an infrastructure could be described as a system that makes possible or facilitates other things to happen, one could say that these prototypes have an infrastructural
side, questioning aspects of durability, efficiency, use, accessibility, etc.
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