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Central Bank Azerbaijan 

The radical design for the Headquarters of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan in Baku represents a strong symbol for power and success.

Sketch by Wolf dPrix

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Coop Himmelb(l)au

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The cold medium of television becomes hot. The audiovisual information that appears on and in the projection helmet is heigthened by the smells and haptic information of the pneumatic vest.”

Coop Himmelb(l)au

Project info

For Coop Himmelb(l)au, working with media was, at that time, already important, even crucial. Because the transmission of media to the screen can only be perceived as a cold information system,” the information was supposed to become more alive, and more stimuli should be transmitted — not just for the eyes but for all the senses: smell, hearing, and touch. In the helmet of the The White Suit were two projections: a pornographic film and an accident scene. In a matter of seconds, one saw a crash, while the smell of blood from an operation was played back” through a supply pipe; at the same time, the vest of the suit pressed on the wearer’s kidneys. During the porno film, perfume was played back — olfactory eroticism”— and the vest caressed partially.” Much as with the Astro Balloon, the idea could only be realized in a very simple way with the technology available at the time — for example, with film projections— but could be demonstrated very successfully at the Venice Biennale in 2008 as Astro Balloon 1969 Revisited.

Location
Baku, Azerbaijan