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Propaganda is a tool that power utilises for its exposure. Propaganda of power is via different mediums; movies, images, speeches, etc; One of which is certainly architecture. Power Point is a proposal for representation of architectural elements as tools of power for creating propaganda.

Architectures has been the most prominent apparatus of power. Its elements are used for performances of power according to particularities in form, size, material, color, etc. Some of them are simple and associated with daily life (such as stair, wall, balcony), normalised, or seem obscure. Seen as unimportant architectural elements addressing ordinary functions.

But if drawn away from their context, as isolated entities, they would gain new values; they become autonomous entities; go beyond elements of architecture and stand at the intersection of architecture, art, propaganda, craftsmanship, and functionality. Imagine the balcony of Khomeini’s famous speeches(1981), or the one of Pope’s. Or that parliaments are simply made of stairs, just like Manber, a few steps as a mobile furniture for lectures.

*Here is the link of sketch video.


Filed under: Intervention, One-to-one scale Project, Public

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Arvand Pourabbasi is an artist, architect, educator, and maker. He is a co-founder of WORKNOT! Arvand is a co-editor and facilitator in Sarmad, a platform dedicated to politics of image. He is also a co-founder and co-curator of Neverland Cinema, a weekly neighbourhood screening program focused on situated cinematography. His work has been presented in Venice Biennale of Architecture, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Tehran Architecture Biennale, Showroom MAMA, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Architecture Banal, among more. Arvand holds a Masters degree in Interior Architecture (INSIDE) from Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunst in Den Haag; and he has been a recipient of Talent Development grant from Stimuleringsfonds (2019-2020). Arvand is currently teaching at Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, and formerly tutored at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunst, Den Haag.

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