The Turkish practice of Melike Altinisik Architects – MAA participated in the interactive installation “THE GATE” at Tersane Istanbul (Golden Cup Port) at the 21st Brand Conference.
“Where, how, and what do we live? What kind of universe do we live in?”
Melike Altinisik Architects created “THE GATE” with these unanswered questions that are still searching for answers. MAA’s installation, “THE GATE,” creates an interactive spatial interface between the “present” and the “future.” At the same time, MAA seeks to provide a new perspective that is sustainable awareness to heal the wounds we have left to nature and humanity for future generations.
“THE GATE,” like the Tersane, appeared at the intersection of 550 years of mossy and stratified history and existed at the intersection of nature and humanity. “THE GATE” exists in a hazy “moment” and “space” that includes movement, social interaction, and perceptual life with the observer. People are constantly being questioned throughout their lives.
“The Present and the Future” is a general expression in nature and the universe that expresses the principle of duality and complementarity. Each spatial and functional transformation in Tersane’s historical process reflects the duality of continuity and discontinuity in its natural environment.
People come across portals and are not aware of them before entering this frame. When people see the sea, they dream of the land, the sky when they touch the earth, the day they know the night, and the “future” when they live in the “present”.
“THE GATE” refers to the historical process surrounding it in the physical layer, which is at the forefront of its setting. “THE GATE” maintains a new frame with a corten gate to the city of contradictions, dualities, and the definition of infinity. At the same time, the perforated reflective surface blurs in the middle of all two dimensions. People face the city in this unique setting where land and sea meet. With “THE GATE”, people can see themselves and what they leave behind.
“THE GATE,” tells the story of the present and the future through a digital layer that interacts with a reflective perforated metal surface at the intersection. The digital layer of AR (Augmented Reality Technology) in “THE GATE” confronts the observer with the world of “Present” and “Future” at the intersection of time. The “In the Moment” interface creates scenarios in the AR world to raise awareness of the climate problems that are shaking our world and our lives every day.
“THE GATE” allows viewers to see the devastation of nature today in an ever-changing world and the surreal destruction of the urban landscape. People begin to understand the return of wild nature (re-wild nature) in the “future” interface as technological tectonics changes and develops. Wild nature will be resurrected in the “future,” and humans, nature, and technology will coexist harmoniously. Nature resurrected will tell the story of a struggle to deal with today’s climate crisis.
“THE GATE” builds a long-term bridge between the present and the future and expresses itself through the AR Interface. Apart from their morphology, it addresses them with different situations. “THE GATE” is a metamorphosis, not a transformation. This journey, established by “THE GATE” over time, is a journey of self-questioning.
“THE GATE” is about balancing the experience of people, nature and technology.
For more information about Melike Altinisik and MAA, you can listen to PA Talks 20 – Melike Altinisik
Information about the Project
Location: Istanbul Tersane
Size: 180 square meters
Organization: MARCÁ, 2022
Sponsor: Yapı Kredi World
Custody: In-Interface Design Platform
Architect: Melike Altinisik Architects-MAA
Design: Like Altinisik
Creative Media Guide: Bengu Ozmutlu
Project Team: Bengü Ozmutlu, Elifcan Merden, Ece Tunca
Creative Project Consultant: Melih Altinis
Support Team: Selen Bektas, Nursena Colak, Abdullah Mallah, Mert Nalıncıoglu, Duru Yolac, Seyma Olcay
Digital Manufacturing: MAALab
Manufacturing Contractor: DDF – Dream Design Factory
Photography: GREYER – Mehmet Akif Sarı