BARNY

2014

installation for Hello Wood multidisciplinary art camp

with Frank Havermans, Márton Kőműves, Silviu Medesan, Dorina Oszetzky,  Ayelen Peressini, Alex Rieveley, Maxim Sas

Concept by Frank Havermans:
Barn raising – Contemporary couple truss

“Before architecture in its current form developed there was only need for shelter against the elements. When men changed his nomadic existence for a settled life there became need for bigger spaces like barns and farmhouses, where they lived with their life stock. This clear way of life in agricultural areas existed for ages and ages. In some parts of the world people still live like this. Through the ages all over the world rural construction forms are developed. The typology  is partly in accordance, but depending on local conditions, available materials and techniques there are also a lot of differences to discover. This evoked in beautiful range of rural architecture. This rural architecture I consider as the base of contemporary architecture. With the emergence of the bio industry, the old model of being specific, and the self sufficient way of life where tradition was the centre, became under pressure. In this new era there is a focus on scaling. Outdated farms are modernised. This resulted in a totally different culture landscape where old building and construction skills are lost out of sight. The old farmhouses and barns are often only considered as a romantic memory from the past. However a lot can be learned by study old ways of building. It has been taking ages to fine tune these techniques so their must be something logic about them.

For this workshop we are going to analyse construction methods from local rural buildings in the landscape. Then we will translate a typical way construction in a contemporary variant making use of a modern building material: construction plywood. This will result in a series truss frames, which will be placed ‘naked’ in the landscape. Together we will raise the trusses and experience the feeling of barn raising. The frames shall not function to hold up a roof, but they emphasise on an autonomous way on constructions that normally are hidden inside the barns and farmhouses. Studying historical constructions can be a great inspiration for making contemporary variants.”

According to the Dutch artist, we have to look for the bases of contemporary architecture in rural architecture. We were searching in the library of the hosts of Csórompuszta, and were looking at the structure of houses in the area. We chose two typical elements: the chimney and the frames of the houses. We reflected to these with an abstract installation. The Barny is an unusual building: it is made of three frames, and has no walls. It is in the middle of the field and the beautiful specialties of the area are recognizable in the installation. We wanted to know how can we present our heritage in a playful, modern way by using methods of contemporary architecture.

photo: Márton Kőműves