Flagship Shelters / Bottle Collectors VIP was presented at the 2016 edition of Roskilde Festival. The work was located at the Art Zone and part of the overall artistic theme ‘equality’. Flagship Shelters / Bottle Collectors VIP is inspired by three of the most exclusive and prominent fashion stores’ headquarters in Tokyo designed by super-star architects. In collaboration with KWY and Warehouse, SUPERFLEX has interpreted the world-class architecture and downscaled it into shed-size structures made in basic, accessible materials, such as wood and translucent plastic canvas.
The shelters functioned as exclusive, recreational VIP-lounges for the bottle and refund collectors at the festival, offering a number of accommodation services such as refreshments, food and charging stations. For several years Roskilde Festival has witnessed a conflict between the festival visitors and the bottle collectors: Flagship Shelters / Bottle Collectors VIP is the artistic processing and examination of this socio-economical conflict.
The artwork seeks to challenge the conventional social and economic structures in society as well as at Roskilde Festival, where the implementation of a wristband hierarchy gives access to different privileges. Flagship Shelters / Bottle Collectors VIP is a critical commentary on the growing social and economical inequality and reflects on Roskilde Festival as a place where the majority come to party and listen to music, but where there is also a large number of people to whom it is an essential, economic income to collect refund during the festival.