Qui est “IN”, Qui est “OUT” | Yes We Can Architecture

• July 5, 2009

Qui est “IN”, Qui est “OUT” designed by London-based Yes We Can Architecture, was an installation in the Hotel d’Aurès (music school), as part of the Festival des Architectures Vives: In(Side)Out, 2008 in Montpellier. This temporary was done with only 900 Euros, and assembled by a team of 4 people : Frederic ANDRE, David CARDINAL, Christelle BEWIG and Sophie LEPINOY, in 2 days.

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+ Design description courtesy of Yes We Can Architecture

This temporary structure was done with a very tight budget: 900 Euros. An installation of 300 bright green hula hoops connected with plastic clips, imposing its contrasting organic shape inside an 18th century courtyard.

Qui est “in”, qui est “out” ?
inspired by Serge Gainsbourg, 1966.

Hundreds of hula hoops cover the ground. Assembled together, they become structure.

The hula hoop is the smallest entity which defines boundaries, between an inside and an outside. One is either IN or OUT.

But since hundreds of hula hoops are bound, accumulated and amalgamated together, this boundary is blurred. The accumulation of hula hoops dis¬torts the perceptions; space is turned inside out.

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“It’s fun, healthy and kids will love it”, The Hudsucker Proxy, Joel and Ethan Coen, 1994.

The installation transports us from the usual to the singular : we discover a product in a completely new light. This creation raises from technical and economic constraints of the festival: the objective being to have a maximum impact with minimal means.

Richard Knerr, the inventor of the hula hoop in 1957, died on 18 January 2008, at the age of 82.

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In & Out diagram courtesy of Yes We Can Architecture

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Assembling diagram courtesy of Yes We Can Architecture

+ All images courtesy of Yes We Can Architecture | Photo by Frederic Andre, Christelle Bewig & Association Champ Libre

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