July 21, 2014 - Sternberg Press - Solution 262: Lavapolis by Michael Schindhelm—book release and Venice events
July 21, 2014

Solution 262: Lavapolis by Michael Schindhelm—book release and Venice events

Design: Zak Group.

Book release and Venice events

Michael Schindhelm

Solution 262: Lavapolis

14th International Architecture Exhibition
Venice Biennale 
August 1–17, 2014


Sternberg Press is pleased to announce the publication of Solution 262: Lavapolis by the German writer, theater director, and filmmaker Michael Schindhelm—the tenth volume in the Solution series edited by Ingo Niermann and designed by Zak Group. The speculative novel accompanies Friday in Venice, a transmedia storytelling project that will take place at the 14th Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

“I am not sedentary and I am not itinerant. My home is a heterotopia with a thousand imaginary landscapes. … The island is the buffer zone between the places of the outside world. Those that exclude one another outside meet here. Those that are at war with one another outside negotiate here. Those that steal from one another outside trade here.”
—Simone, 38, resident of the island for three years

Seventy years ago, the small island nation of Lavapolis was founded. It began as an alternative, a gambling destination to rival Las Vegas, and became a model for a new way of living. With its principle of universal solidarity, the nation counters the pitfalls of contemporary global society. It is an ever-shifting utopia; a volcano jutting out of the Mediterranean Sea; an extension of the open frontier. The biographies of its inhabitants are integral to the whole. If the world backs down from the challenges of Lavapolis, the island is destined to erupt.

Solution 262: Lavapolis is the foundation of the transmedia project about a possible Europe titled Friday in Venice. A series of interactive shows, performances, and conversations on the near future of some of the most debated subjects of European politics, it will take place within the exhibition Monditalia at the Arsenale on the following dates: August 1–2, August 8–9, and August 15–16.

Friday in Venice is an interactive project that started in May 2014 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and that is dedicated to a collective reflection on the political and social status of Europe, involving audiences from various countries on- and offline. At the 14th International Architecture Exhibition—its major platform of exchange—the project will host discussions with Gabor Biedermann, Ramak Fazel, Rem Koolhaas, Chus Martínez, Ingo Niermann, activists from Poveglia per Tutti, Giovanna Silva, and Michael Schindhelm, among others.

Michael Schindhelm
Solution 262: Lavapolis
11.2 x 17.8 cm, 192 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-070-6

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