Of all the shipping containers that passed through Rotterdam this year, artist Hans Kalliwoda’s The World in a Shell was the most striking. From March 27 through April 18, the traveling artist will camped out in a container on the property of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. But “container” isn’t really the right word – The World in a Shell is a high-tech mobile house that can be converted into a museum, movie theatre or laboratory. In the next five years, the container will carry Hans Kalliwoda to 11 UNESCO world heritage sites scattered across all the continents.
For five years, Hans Kalliwoda and Delft University of Technology worked on the technical development of the shell-shaped container, in which he will have to survive in climates ranging from polar to tropical. Sustainability is a central concern. The World in a Shell generates its own electricity, recycles water, and is generally as self-sufficient as possible. But in the age of globalization, sustainability is also a social and cultural issue. On his around-the-world trip, Hans Kalliwoda will organize cultural activities for and by local populations. He will take the results away with him in the container, amassing an ever-growing worldwide exhibition that will bring different peoples into contact with each other.
The World in a Shell premiered in Rotterdam, thereby starting its journey. Since art, technology and architecture come together In the container, the Netherlands Architecture Institute and V2_Institute for the Unstable Media joined forces to organize a number of activities in and around the container. There were workshops and a seminar on sustainability in art, architecture and science on April 1 at V2_.
Follow Hans Kalliwoda's journey at http://www.worldinashell.net.
RTV Rijnmond, March 26, 2010
The World in a Shell is made possible with the support of:
Mondriaan Foundation, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds, SNS Reaal Fonds, Stichting Doen, UNESCO.
TU Delft, NAi, Blindpainters