Baku’s coastline is very special thanks to the accumulation of extremely singular situations: ship graveyards, abandoned docks, the sunken castle, oil fields, obsolete oil platforms, the endless networks of pipelines, the James Bond’s territory, the Khazar Islands… All these anomalous ‘atmospheres’ sincerely define a bizarre, strange, and unique landscape that is exclusive to the city of Baku (see The Superpowers of Baku’s coastline). Moreover, these singularities have certain physical characteristics as well as social, economic, environmental and cultural connotations.
We propose this essence of Baku as the principal actor of a tourism model based on authenticity and against any costume, makeup and simulation. Baku should not be changed to adapt to a predetermined western tourism model. Instead, the opportunity lies in adding value to what already exists so that it provides both quantitative and qualitative benefits to the city. We imagine an infrastructure that connects all the ‘singularities’ and makes them accessible, linking and providing them with continuity.
What kind of infrastructure? The water of the Caspian Sea is one of the main non-human agents of this place. Historically tied to the culture and economy of Baku, it holds a privileged place in the imaginary of Bakuvians. This water will be the structuring element of the project, and the means by which the singularities will be connected. What we are actually proposing is a voyage… The unique experience of exploring the peculiarities of Baku’s coastline and the attractions of the Caspian Sea through a trip aboard Geminin, a cultural device born to cruise Baku’s coastline.
We like to imagine Geminin as the superhero of the coastline, the singularities being its superpowers… A traveling museum that sails across a greater museum, by whom it is feed…