23rd International Exhibition “Unknown Unknowns: An Introduction to Mysteries”
Triennale Milano, Italy
15.07.2022 – 11.12.2022
XXIII Triennale Milano – Decalogue for Space Architecture
Visualizing 10 principles for extraterrestrial architecture

An immersive audiovisual installation presents at Triennale Milano ten themes designers must consider when envisioning a permanent and sustainable presence for humanity in space. Together with the renowned architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) we investigated how to showcase their ongoing research on space architecture, to inspire the next generation of design for an interplanetary future.

Each theme is represented with text, a video animation, and a soundscape created by Dotdotdot. Ten distinct audio tracks are conceived as instruments in a “sound orchestra.” As visitors move through the exhibition space, they will experience layered effects of sound and video.

PRINCIPLE 1
Gravity
The human body has evolved to deal with the constant force of gravity. To thrive in space, we must seek out gravity or reproduce it.
PRINCIPLE 3
Cycles
Material cycles are the foundation for life on Earth. Balancing these cycles is a crucial challenge for sustaining life in space.
PRINCIPLE 7
Symbiosis
A space habitat should be an ecosystem where humans and other species thrive together.
PRINCIPLE 8
Resilience
To keep humans safe in space, we must design a habitat that can withstand any emergency.
PRINCIPLE 10
Color
Recreating the variety of color found on Earth can bring emotional and psychological benefits in space.
SOUND DESIGN PROJECT
Space Orchestra
We designed a Sound Palette to metaphorically “color” the video and engage the audience with their imagination by creating a syncretic audiovisual experience. Each audio corresponds to a musical instrument or genre to convey an abstract meaning related to the visual representation.
Credits
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Decalogue for Space Architecture, 2022
Special commission for the 23rd International Exhibition of Triennale Milano
Art direction and sound design by Dotdotdot
Video by Dotdotdot and propp
Team
Laura Dellamotta
Alessandro Masserdotti
Fabrizio Pignoloni
Federica Mandelli
Nicola Ariutti
Photography by
DSL Studio
Video documentation by
Variante Artistica, view on Vimeo