In association with architect Heidi Arad I worked on an animation based on The Story of the Pool. A short story Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas wrote when he proposed his plans for Roosevelt Island in New York in the 1970s. The story deals with Russian modernist architects who are escaping from Soviet oppression to New York. They use a floating pool as their device to cross that what separates the USA from the USSR. Ironically the law of mechanics forces them to swim in the opposite direction within their floating pool to get to the place they want to go.
The animation became our (Heidi Arad and me) interpretation of Koolhaas’ story. Off course we couldn’t possibly know what Koolhaas’ exact ideas behind his story were. It’s our own statement. Our intention was to make an animation based on a story that fascinated us.
The design of our animation originates from Constructivistic poster from the first half of the 20th century. The main characters in the animation, the Russian architects / lifeguards are composed graphically from images of Tatlin’s Tower (a Constructivistic design that never would be realised)
The story deals with the inseparable link between man/pool/community/individual. The personal originality of a pool and the strength of the group as to move the pool across the ocean.