In 2003, an inflatable form appeared in Oslo city centre. Shortly after, it was deflated and disappeared from the city. A playful intervention into what a city is intrigued Will Jennings, who wasn’t sure who to interview in order to grapple what the pneumatic building meant at the time, or what it could mean looking back from 2020. Instead, with the seventeen intervening years also framing his own journey from architecture school graduate to architectural writer, he interviews an imagined version of himself from 2003. Newly commissioned works by emerging Oslo artist Jørgen Herleiksplass Lie, final year MFA student at Oslo’s Kunstakademiet, illustrate this illusory attempt to assign meaning to moments of the past.
In this series of seven interviews, one for each iteration of the triennale, the British architectural writer Will Jennings is exploring some of the individuals, places, ideas and actions that have shaped twenty years of OAT. Will Jennings was selected to participate in the jubilee through an open call in collaboration with Future Architecture Platform.