Valeria Schwarz
P.O.S.T. - People Organized for Spontaneous Transfers 2013

alternative network to send messages between Lisbon and Marseille
Associate Project Lisbon Architecture Triennial (PRT); Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, FR

Conceived as an experimental game P.O.S.T. aims to explore the interpersonal ties needed to create alternative ways of data transfer. This participatory project allows any person to become part of it as “sender- recipient” or as network. The frame in which messages travel is defined between Lisboa and Marseille. The channels used for delivering the messages are quite diverse:

As an object: the P.O.S.T. team addresses people directly at airports and bus stations and asks them to take a letter with them.

Using the body: the porter is asked to memorize a sign-language message and take it to another city. On the body or on a car: the body of the porter (or the car of one of the participants) is used as a “screen” on which the message travels. With the mind: two meditation groups, one based in Lisboa and the other in Marseille concentrate simultaneously, sending and receiving the other group’s message in turns.

People from all over the world act as a network, keeping an eye on the delivery status of the messages and reacting if necessary. By doing so, P.O.S.T. intends to organize a new chain of message delivery, based on trust, good intentions and reliability.