Georges Bataille hypothesis constructions of architecture as a physical embodiment of ideology and the state’s values of power. The storming of the Bastille during the French revolution marked a very direct physical confrontation against state power.
In modern day architectural production, the iconic and stylistic exercise of architecture attempts to subdue public populations while masking the activities of inner power structures. Late modernism’s commissions of distorted values to stress literal transparency to promote visual connection still did not ameliorate the invisible social structures presented by the autonomous office buildings. Protests to this day still direct confrontation at architectural monuments and icons, marking public space key sites of contention. As state institutions invest heavily in anti-protest infrastructures, equipment, and training, against formalized bodies of publics, new inventive forms of activist tactics is in need to fully utilize modern technologies and thwart state restrictions.
Popper is a machine in support of nonviolent revolution. Popper is inspired by the preachings and actions of Gandhi. It is a mini-architecture that seeks to utilize architecture and technological media against the big boy monuments and icons of economy, institution, and government.
Empower the people through space creating, education, and discussion.
Architecture against architecture.
Inflatables created as icons and a monument seeks to scale down its significance into manageable opponents. The inflatables that popper facilitates are for sitting, lounging, and for popping if you’re really fed up. Using one form of architecture against another, the inflatables create its own public microclimate that is mobile, and flexible. A mobile power cell gives life to popper and also charges phones and laptops for discussion and general public use.
A wireless router provides an independent hotspot that will attract a general public to approach and participate while the radio transmitter seeks to exteriorize and project information. Architecture does not take kindly to radio waves. Radio waves don’t really care about architecture and pass right through it. No matter stone, brick, concrete composition of your banks, parliament, or churches, radio waves will reduce these “powerful” and stable works of architecture into complete porosity.
Poopers eyes display live information and has built in speakers in attempts to carry information in a overlapping radius of influence. Rather the brute force of populations clashing against state, invisible forces of mediation can provide awareness through information intensity. Invisible forces themselves are harder to snuff out, and control.