In words of the curator Atxu Amann: “Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara emphasize the concept of generosity, which is important because we have to give space and time to those who are not yet able to build. We have been fortunate: I was already building at the age of 30 and they are young people of 35 and 40 who have never built. On the one hand, this has meant that they have no space for visibility, but on the other hand, it has also caused other readings to be provoked during this time, other architectural themes, other ways of being architects. (…) So, since this is a Spanish public land, we give it to you so that you show what you are doing.”
“Becoming” Spanish pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Virtual exhibition here: http://b-e-c-o-m-i-n-g.com/
May 26 to November 25, 2018
Venice, Giardini – Arsenale
The design of the image and the virtual pavilion has been worked in collaboration with the Bestiario data visualization studio. Five of the projects are supported in augmented reality. After winning the Golden Lion award at the Biennale Architettura 2016 for Unfinished – a project by architects Carlos Quintáns and IñaquiCarnicero that explored the reinvented architecture of the construction crisis – the Spanish Pavilion now addresses the future of architecture from the point of researchers. becoming looks to the future, and a common ground of training in schools, which extends to other learning spaces and at times creates dialogue with other disciplines.
From a starting point of 55 adjectives that qualify architecture and were presented in the Open Call, becoming provides a space for heterogeneous proposals and reflections on architecture and vindication of learning environments as a space for criticism and architectural creation.
Among the eclectic selection inside the pavilion you will see proposals that critically review the past, others that redefine everyday spaces of the present, and those that imagine a future based on sustainability, well-being and social justice, as well as visions that fuse the real world and the virtual one. For example, it will be the first time that the pavilion shows, doctoral theses on architecture. “becoming” has also afforded specific opportunities within the framework of the Biennial. The first of these was to invite student collectives to present a project that transformed the exterior space of the Spanish Pavilion. The winning intervention can be seen during the Biennial, and will remain in the pavilion once it is over.
The (in)temporary garden is the intervention that can be found at the end of the Spanish pavilion. The proposal proposes recovering this abandoned space, recognizing its spontaneous garden character. To do this, all visitors are encouraged to participate in the re-programming of the garden, making a planting with seed balls. Once the Biennial is over, the patio will be abandoned again, but the garden will remain. With this new inflated energy, the garden can continue to grow and transform itself autonomously, until we discover it again in the next Biennial.
Within this first specific open call, the proposal of a second group of students to occupy the rear space of the pavilion (traditionally used for storage) was accepted. It will now become the exit of the exhibition. It is a textile installation that reflects the concepts that have inspired the exhibition. The Come-In project aims to dialogue directly with the idea of Becoming, proposed by the curatorial team, materializing in a temporary and ephemeral installation of eight meters of altitude.Through a curtain made with metal links, the hashtags that define the projects inside the pavilion are drawn. Words seem to float thanks to the chosen colors that are perfectly integrated into the chromatic range of the Giardini environment.
This way of representation allows the visitor to close the route of the Spanish Pavilion, causing in turn the hashtags themselves to draw and blur with the passage of people. This accompanies the idea of becoming a “come to be” that is in constant process, change or evolution. The evanescent materiality of the curtain dialogues in opposition to the material rotundity of the brick itself with which the Spanish Pavilion was originally built.
Another open call, Out of the Box Celebration, was made in partnership with the pavilions of Belgium and Holland. They called for proposals for the space between these three pavilions. The winner, selected from more than 100 ideas, is the Europa installation. Submitted by Belgian students, it proposes the eradication of divisions between countries and pavilions. The open and liberal purpose of the Spanish Pavilion includes a Declaration of Intent the curators have assigned to the BiennaleArchitettura 2018, and the Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Under the concept of the Freespace, the curators encourage us to revise ways of thinking and new ways of seeing the world, devising solutions where architecture provides well-being and dignity to all the citizens of our fragile planet. The exhibition at the16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia will be open from May 26 to November 25, 2018