But, Willem Schinkel wonders, is it even possible to make the invisible logistics systems visible, or have they become too all-encompassing? And if so, is it also possible to appropriate these infrastructures? The Port and the Fall of Icarus by Northscapes explores in a speculative way a series of possible future scenarios for the Port of Rotterdam, and hopes to disrupt the system by creating a moment of alienation. Renderlands, a documentary and installation by Liam Young, goes in search of the render farms and animation studios in India that are largely responsible for the visualizations of Western companies, and asked the workers about their own dreamed-of realities, in order to translate them into a physical installation for the Biennale.
The evening was set to music by a contribution from the fifth team, consisting of Noam Toran with Remco de Jong and Florentijn Boddendijk, who have made a contemporary interpretation of early 20th-century working songs with Songs for Hardworking People, which will provide the soundtrack for the Dutch pavilion.
Willem Schinkel ranks among the sceptics: although the projects demonstrate that automation does not lead to the feared disappearance of work, a multiplication of work is in fact generated that leads to inequality and exploitation. But the projects also show that there really are leads for productive appropriation. Because, as Liam Young states, the systems that are responsible for our production are the same systems that connect people all over the world in the most exceptional ways, and in doing so, make new forms of communality possible.
selection Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2 and #3
Next to the selection of the extended program of the Dutch pavilion five more projects were selected in the context of the Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2018 #2_development budget and the Open Call Architecture Biennale Venice 2018 #3_presentation budget, who provide a physical, spatial contribution to the exploration of the FREESPACE theme during the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. With the title FREESPACE, general curators of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, address the relation between architecture and society.
next Thursday Night Live!
The 16th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale will take place from 26 May to 25 November 2018. The Creative Industries Fund and Het Nieuwe Instituut will continue their series of joint events with a reflection on the various explorations of the FREESPACE theme during the Thursday Night Live! on Thursday 5 July 2018.
Text: Sereh Mandias
Photo above: Matthijs Immink