Digital Membrane

architect Elsa Prochazka
project The Coversion of the Coca Cola Beverages Centre, Vienna, Austria
written by Otto Kapfinger


In these times of the media technical reflections of life are being condensed into ever more complex membranes. Ever-thinner surfaces are loaded with and provide more and more bits of information. From credit cards to silver coated CD-ROMs and DVD plates; from the thinnest cellular phones to the paper-thin crystal screens of laptops the arrow-like speed of the digital revolution is culminating in the vertiginous depths of planes. Ever-thinner layers enable ever more complex operations. We already have a screen sown into clothes, a prototype for video-jewellery; millimetre-thin notebooks downloaded with the holdings of whole libraries and with TV and Internet functions will be soon on the market.