Failed Architecture with Stories on Earth. Stories on Earth is an attempt to use storytelling and design to develop a critical model that can challenge the current narrative about the relationship between humans and nature.
Bureau LADA with Shallow Waters. Shallow Waters is a speculative research project into aquatic biodiversity as a model for a 'water-related society' in which humans play a secondary role.
Studio Wild with The Forbidden Garden of Europe. The Forbidden Garden of Europe examines the extent to which spatial and social factors influence inclusive ways of living together. The garden can be visited from 29 August 2021 at Spazio Punch, Giudecca, Venice.
main locations Venice Architecture Biennale - How will we live together?
In addition to the joint open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL issued another open call for projects related to the 'theme How will we live together?' at the main locations of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Head curator Hashim Sarkis is giving a central position to the major social issues of this moment on the basis of five focal points: 'individuals', 'new households', 'emerging communities', 'across borders' and 'one planet'. He invited six parties with a Dutch background to exhibit in one of the main locations in the coming period. Of these, three design teams were selected within the open call:
Studio L A with City of Ceramics. City of Ceramics is an installation that consists of the map of Venice on a floor of extremely fragile terrazzo tiles. With every step, cracks appear in the map, until at the end of the bienniale it will be in smithereens, leaving the visitor to reflect on their own presence in the city.
FAST, Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory with Watermelons, Sardines, Crabs, Sands, and other Sediments. Border Ecologies and the Gaza Strip. This project investigates the problems in the Gaza Strip from an ecological perspective. In an installation consisting of a long dinner table with various objects, the results of the research into the relationship between ecology, culture and politics in Gaza are presented.
Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Bellotti with Variations on a Birdcage. Variations on a Birdcage is an investigation into objects that provide a direct encounter between humans and animals. The result is a playful installation on which people and birds can exert influence by playing, transforming, cultivating and feeding.
By means of the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting projects that provide a substantive contribution to the development, profiling and reinforcement of the international position of the contemporary Dutch creative industry, and is focusing on new forms of international collaboration.
Three projects have been selected to be shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale:
4DSOUND with Grove. Grove is an immersive audio-visual and sculptural installation and meeting space that offers a vision on inclusive building. A soaring, undulating canopy of luminous, shimmering, lace-like clouds embedded with liquid-filled glass vessels hovers above a central screen, where a film by Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones is projected. The projection is surrounded by columns with built-in speakers that carry a 4DSOUND composition by Salvador Breed.
Thomas Libertiny with Beehive Architecture. Beehive Architecture concerns an installation of 3 pavilions 'made by bees', made directly from beeswax by honeybees in their hives. This process is recorded live and presented on a large screen, allowing visitors to live the experience directly.
Ooze architects with Future Island in Venice about the evolution of the landscape under the influence of climate change, the capacity of the planet and the potential to adapt.
Studio Pointer with the Modular 3D Scanner Toolkit with depth cameras. This makes it possible to scan objects and bodies 360° and convert them in high resolution in near real time. The aim of the project is to develop a well-functioning setup in terms of hardware and software, so that the digital scan is produced as sharply and quickly as possible.
There was hardly any room to discuss this situation, at any rate a few years ago. That is why they started Non Native Native. As a cultural platform, they have organized exhibitions, lectures and round-table discussions in recent years that focus on the Asian creative landscape in the Netherlands. The current times, in which there is significant attention for diversity and inclusion and Black Lives Matter emerged, but for instance racism against Asians also increased, has made the platform more activist than intended. Darunee: 'We think it's important to draw attention to our cause, but we certainly don't want to compete with other equally urgent issues. The message we're sending is activist, but we're not explicitly that.'
In 2019, they discovered that their platform did not stand in isolation and came in contact with Berlin-based collectives sōydivision and un.thai.tled, both with a wide reach and viable business models. They kept in touch to exchange experiences and learn from each other. The collaboration is now being consolidated in the Non Native Native Fair project, a hybrid event from 26 June to 2 July 2021 that brings together Asian creatives from different backgrounds and disciplines to present their work and products. Sōydivision and un.thai.tled are curating the Berlin contribution.
To what extent the experiment will be a success remains exciting, but several hurdles have already been overcome. For example, it was a challenge in COVID-19 time to set up good communication and the open call online, but both have succeeded. Another challenge is the scale of the event, which is larger than any previous Non Native Native initiative. What is exciting now is whether it will appeal to a wider audience outside the predictable range, and especially whether the message will get across. Belle: 'Does the audience also understand the knowing wink and the elements we're playing with? Perhaps not, but the fact is that we are planting a seed that might later grow into understanding.'
Eclipse (photo above)Ali Eslami Karrabi, Mathilde Renault en Alllesss