World Disc

As a cosmic symbol in dynamic change, it is a cosmic symbol for the spaces appearing here: of the historical spaces shown and the ones generated by the visitors. Highlighted rings appearing on the disc mark the epoch where the resp. ideal space is located, in terms of history. In the center, the rings begin with the epoch of the cathedral and end at the outward rim with the favela Black lines on the disk:  evolving and changing constantly, showing the frequency of related objects used in Interactive Worlds The disc is dynamic, changing in appearance over the entire duration of the exhibition

Input: Images from spaces and buildings of the epochs shown; data of the worlds generated by the visitors, from Interactive Worlds

Output: Data for scientific evaluation

Here, the results of those spaces generated by the visitors transform into a real historical process reflected in changes taking place on that cosmic disk during the exhibition’s entire duration. It is composed of different rings aligned in concentric order, each ring representing a century, starting with that of the cathedral in the disk’s center, and ending with that of the favela at its outer rim.  Each ring is composed of images of typical architecture belonging to the respective century, and those centuries where our worlds in the cave come from appear larger. Thus, the visitor can see where the respective world is located, inside the entire historical context.  The disk receives input from the worlds created by the visitors and it translates these inputs into changes taking place on the disk itself.  Through that, it reflects what is going on in the process of the visitors’ world-making, and it does so constantly: each day, the disk will look different, as does a real-world formed by human beings. The disk thus connects with the ideal spaces shown in the cave, as well as with the spaces made by the visitors.

In these ways, the world disc and the other two parts of the exhibition align together, to form a coherent system. Since it was our original intention to conceive the topic of ideal spaces as a whole, the single parts of which present a unity, of both experience and of making.