The installation inside the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice has now been inaugurated in the LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture, where it will be on show during the summer months.
The title of the exhibition – “Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” perfectly responds to the specific, common topic of “Absorbing Modernity – 1914-2014”, introduced by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, in the context of the Biennale’s yearly theme, which was “Fundamentals”. Each country was invited to study its’ last hundred years of architecture by choosing its’ own accents and defining its’ own original approach to the subject.
The approach taken by the team curating the Luxembourg Pavilion -a Luxembourg-based collective made up of the architect Stéphanie Laruade, the photographer Bohumil Kostohryz, the director and actor Sophie Langevin and the journalist Nuno Lucas Da Costa- was to create a narrative of a series of investigations following particular events in national modernity.
By using a fictional language based on film-noir scenarios and detective-like devices, the display at LUCA joins true archival material, photographic records and ephemera to portray and analyze five different cases of modernity in Luxembourg.
“In contrast with contemporary amnesia, the goal is to resurrect events that formed the memory of a place by means of press reports, personal accounts and documents retrieved from archives. The pieces of evidence gathered in the course of the investigation combine to form parallel stories which are ultimately combined to form a huge puzzle.”
5 parallel investigations on 5 sites affected by modernity. Architecture is at the centre, it is the heart of the enquiry, the theatre of events. With architecture as the catalyst, passions are unleashed and plots are entwined.
The investigations explore all sources of data: city archives, national archives, private archives, libraries, meetings, the press, witness testimonies, forgotten documents…. The research work is staged to become an intriguing adventure lurching between fiction and reality.
Running alongside the investigation, a journal, acting like a hyperlink, traces the monitoring of the research. Expeditions, discoveries, documents, thoughts and meetings are recalled there.
Walls of enquiries
At the outcome of the enquiry, the journal unravels, its pages are scattered like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. So the issue is to organise this material and to rebuild the story in a new light. Inspired by the world of crime series, the walls of the Luxembourg stand are transformed into a wall of enquiry. These walls, constructed on the principle of mind-mapping, will offer visitors the opportunity to lose themselves in their own story of modernity.
Modernity: loved, hated, or ignored?
03.07-31.07 / 18.08-19.12.2015
Tue-Fri : 9-13 / 14-18 Sat: 11-15
LUCA. Luxembourg Center for Architecture
1, rue de l’Aciérie
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