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Charles Weinberg & Shai Ben Ami

https://www.weinbenami.com/

Brussels, Belgium
Charles Weinberg and Shai Ben Ami started their collaboration while meeting during their architecture studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 2014. Since joining forces in a design seminar in Tokyo in 2016, they have presented their work in exhibitions and won various prices. Whilst actively experimenting in a variety of media and scales, their work is situated at the crossroads of art and architecture, with a side of criticism and humour.

Call for ideas 2020

Portable Us


Journey Anywhere Nowhere Everywhere

Portable Us


Journey Anywhere Nowhere Everywhere
Experiments seeking to understand how we stay in state of motion in our more than ever mobile world.
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  • Next alliances

The global network has led to a society in constant travel between a tangible physical world to a digital virtual world. Consequently, a frequent movement is occurring from one type of space to the other, defining new implications concerning belonging, place and identity. When bringing up virtual spaces, we see how many physical spaces where people used to meet have been replaced by online-virtual spaces. Our project is calling out our discipline to acknowledge non-formal platforms to study, share and comment on contemporary architecture such as Instagram e.g. Moreover, our research tries to understand the implications of being part of a discourse that communicates through images, drawings and models which are after all representational medias similar to what can be produced downloaded and shared with social media.



Movement is not only the subject of our project but the method. While strongly believing in an anthropological research method, where a project is not only created from a top down approach, but should truly be lived by its creators, we departed on 16 Dec 2018 on the first Contemporary Jet Journey. Packed as light as possible with a minimum of travel belongings, we departed to Europe’s aero-spaces for 8 days. This image was taken the day before departure in our emptied apartment in Tel-Aviv.

During 8 days we objectively and subjectively researched what it means “to live” inside transit spaces hopping from airport to airport while trying to be as dynamic as possible. During our journey, Instagram’s story feature was heavily utilised and permitted for followers to experience our journey passively as well as to influence the journey’s trajectory.

During the first journey, the aero-transit space was observed as the stage of augmented dynamism in our society, an meeting point of a place connecting places. The audience, whom is on its way to or on its way from, was seen actively participating in 9 different repetitive rituals characterised as ceremonies of being ‘in between’ while unceasingly seeking short-term ownership and domesticity. Here attached is the leisure ritual.

For the second journey, taking place in May 2019, during five days we portrayed ourselves as being dynamic, engaging in the same type of adventure as during the first journey. Only this time, separately and in Instagram’s cyber spaces (its representation of places). We actually stayed physically in total stage of standstill allowing only for representations of our appearance to wander through Europe’s aerospaces. This was done with our architectural skills, renderings, animations and collages.

When considering society's inability to distinguish reality from a simulation of it, this third experiment physically rendered a three-dimensional model. This “architectural space” was downloaded and uploaded within an “existing architecture". The model is a 1:1 scaled and completely hand cut section of an Airbus airplane. The model and its photographed-portrayals seek to understand the significance of architectural representation and its capacity to trigger human behaviours.

Portable Us


Journey Anywhere Nowhere Everywhere

Portable Us


Journey Anywhere Nowhere Everywhere
Experiments seeking to understand how we stay in state of motion in our more than ever mobile world.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

The global network has led to a society in constant travel between a tangible physical world to a digital virtual world. Consequently, a frequent movement is occurring from one type of space to the other, defining new implications concerning belonging, place and identity. When bringing up virtual spaces, we see how many physical spaces where people used to meet have been replaced by online-virtual spaces. Our project is calling out our discipline to acknowledge non-formal platforms to study, share and comment on contemporary architecture such as Instagram e.g. Moreover, our research tries to understand the implications of being part of a discourse that communicates through images, drawings and models which are after all representational medias similar to what can be produced downloaded and shared with social media.



Movement is not only the subject of our project but the method. While strongly believing in an anthropological research method, where a project is not only created from a top down approach, but should truly be lived by its creators, we departed on 16 Dec 2018 on the first Contemporary Jet Journey. Packed as light as possible with a minimum of travel belongings, we departed to Europe’s aero-spaces for 8 days. This image was taken the day before departure in our emptied apartment in Tel-Aviv.

During 8 days we objectively and subjectively researched what it means “to live” inside transit spaces hopping from airport to airport while trying to be as dynamic as possible. During our journey, Instagram’s story feature was heavily utilised and permitted for followers to experience our journey passively as well as to influence the journey’s trajectory.

During the first journey, the aero-transit space was observed as the stage of augmented dynamism in our society, an meeting point of a place connecting places. The audience, whom is on its way to or on its way from, was seen actively participating in 9 different repetitive rituals characterised as ceremonies of being ‘in between’ while unceasingly seeking short-term ownership and domesticity. Here attached is the leisure ritual.

For the second journey, taking place in May 2019, during five days we portrayed ourselves as being dynamic, engaging in the same type of adventure as during the first journey. Only this time, separately and in Instagram’s cyber spaces (its representation of places). We actually stayed physically in total stage of standstill allowing only for representations of our appearance to wander through Europe’s aerospaces. This was done with our architectural skills, renderings, animations and collages.

When considering society's inability to distinguish reality from a simulation of it, this third experiment physically rendered a three-dimensional model. This “architectural space” was downloaded and uploaded within an “existing architecture". The model is a 1:1 scaled and completely hand cut section of an Airbus airplane. The model and its photographed-portrayals seek to understand the significance of architectural representation and its capacity to trigger human behaviours.


Idea by

Charles Weinberg & Shai Ben Ami
Brussels
Belgium
Charles Weinberg and Shai Ben Ami started their collaboration while meeting during their architecture studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 2014. Since joining forces in a design seminar in Tokyo in 2016, they have presented their work in exhibitions and won various prices. Whilst actively experimenting in a variety of media and scales, their work is situated at the crossroads of art and architecture, with a side of criticism and humour.