Platform for Expression
Author names: Tayssir Takieddine – Salah Hreeb
Instagram account: @workshop_015
After decades of liberation, the victims of the totalitarian regimes need to have their painful stories heard, need sympathy and support by others, need someone to stand by them and honor their sufferings. Perhaps the most that preserves our history and memory, without exaggerated rhetorical romances, is archiving the story of the individual and the community, for the present and the future.
We suggest a radical platform for expression that provides a new democratic space articulating the Jean Rey place with The EU parliament building.
The slab is supported by a regular grid of columns, where nine of these columns will feature a recording system which contains various interviews made with the survivors.
At the end of listening, people will be asked to record a message on top of the platform.
A vertical connecting axis oriented towards the EU Parliament, penetrates the grid of columns and start with a hanging swing, on the edge of the platform, that reflects that iconic momentary between the shadows of the darkness of tyranny and the bright moment of freedom. The axis ends with 3 installed speakers facing the parliament, where visitors leave a message to those who suffered from violations of the totalitarian regimes demanding that the world will not allow similar experiences to happen.
Along the year, visitors will listen to the survivors stories and record a message on top of the platform.
On August 23rd, the recorders will stop Working, people will not be able to hear the stories and testimonies of the victims.They will be replaced by the Visitor’s messages stored throughout the year. That day the city will be listening to its voice.