14 December 2017This fall Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL launched the Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1_extended program Dutch Pavilion. The Open Call invited researchers and designers in the field of architecture to submit projects for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, in response to the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut. The committee awarded five proposals.
A total of 52 eligible proposals were received from 12 countries: Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.
The proposals were reviewed by external advisors Willem Schinkel
(Professor in Social Theory, Erasmus University), Lara Schrijver
(Professor in Architecture, University of Antwerp) and Aslı Çiçek
(Interior Architect, KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, Oase).
Overall, the external advisors were impressed by the quality, relevance and creativity of the projects, as well as the expertise and ambition of the applicants. The set of applications showed a variety of working methodologies and media, ranging from mobile installations, performances, and product designs, to physical models, workshops, and films. Most projects articulated a collective ambition and proposed collaborations with networks of institutions and practitioners.
The selected projects provide a unique focus on one or more of the embodied, ethical, and spatial dimensions of labor, by deploying diverse but complementary strategies and tools for public engagement. In conversation with the curator of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Marina Otero Verzier, these five selected projects will be presented as part of the public program, in Venice and other locations:The Port and the Fall of Icarus Northscapes (Hamed Koshravi, Taneha K. Bacchin, Filippo laFleur)
The Northscapes' proposal would take the discovered manuscript titled “The Port and the Fall of Icarus” as the point of departure to search for possible scenarios for the future of the Rotterdam Harbour. An installation would set the ground for series of events and discussions around the topic of a smart and intelligent port and its relation to the vision of the Rotterdam Harbour, the city and its inhabitants. Such events will be organized throughout the period of the biennale in collaboration with the academic institutions.
The Fall of Icarus, 17th century, Musée Antoine Vivenel
The Institute of Patent Infringement
Matthew Stewart and Jane Chew
The satirical Institute of Patent Infringement (IoPI) aims to dissect the dubious world of intellectual property rights that allows ‘Big Tech’ a monopoly on ideas concerning automation. Taking Amazon as a leading example, IoPI will detail and organise the thousands of patents they’ve filed since 2010, ranging in scale from the body to the 1km2 fulfilment centre. IoPI will initiate an open call to subvert these patents exhibiting the results as part of the Dutch Pavillion’s theme, WORK, BODY, LEISURE.
Reimagined patent for the collective ownership of data and housing based around a multi-storey data centre unit. Image: Jane Chew & Matthew Stewart, 2017
Songs for Hard Working People
Songs for Hard Working People proposes a program of musical concerts and performances taking place in and around the Dutch Pavilion during the biennale period. The program provides a historical mooring to the pavilion’s theme and to the nature of labor in the 21st century, by underscoring the troubling, enduring relationship between capitalism and the conditions of industrial labor. The program will consider the worker’s voice and body as embodiments of the physical and political conditions, which remain consistent despite the temporal distance.
Songs for Hard Working People. Photo: Fisher Body Union Orchestra, General Motors Sit-Down Strikes, Flint, Michigan, 1936
Giuditta Vedrame and Paolo Patelli
The project addresses the theme of seafarers’ shore leaves in the ports of Rotterdam and Venice. It consists of video documentation produced during fieldworks to the seafarers organizations in the two harbors, with particular attention on the spaces and gestures of their spatially waiting time.
Shore Leaves. Image: Giuditta Vendrame, 2015
Renderlands is a documentary and installation that chronicles the outsourced animation studios and render farms of India. What we think of as western visions of the future are actually produced by workers dispersed across the planet and connected through a global infrastructure of digital labour. For its presentation as part of the program of the Dutch Pavilion, a massive collaborative physical model will visualize the future and aspirational architectures that the Renderfarm workers themselves dream of, the imaginary worlds that they wish they would be asked to visualize.
Renderlands Film still. Liam Young, 2017
Read more about the selected projects in the jury report on the website of Het Nieuwe Instituut.
On April 26, 2018, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL will organize an evening with the teams selected through the Open Call, as part of the Thursday Night Live! program at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
pre-announcement Open Call # 3
In February 2018 the Creative Industries Fund NL will launch a third and final call for the Architecture Biennale Venice 2018, aimed at presenting projects at one of the main venues of the Venice Architecture Biennale. This call offers participants a presentation budget for proposals that reflect on and respond to the central theme of FREESPACE.
Photo above: Venice Architecture Biennale by Simone Ferraro