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tiny thai pavilions…

…I loved these, the Thailand Pavilion in the Arsenale presents 100 ideas that can provide people with a common ground. The exhibition, curated by Apiradee Kasemsook, Nuttinee Karnchanarporn and Tonkao Panin, presents 40 boxes identical box structures. Inside, the boxes were designed by different Thai architecture firms, designers, lecturers and students. Each one intends to speak within its own logic.

Common Collage” in Thailand Pavilion at the Arsenale

Of course the good thing about coming late in the Biennale season is the lack of crowds, but on the downside, you can find things dead (plant installations that cant take being indoors for months for example) or not working such as the illumination of half of these little boxes…

Inside the boxes:

He’s not in focus, but that’s Michelangelo’s “David” perched atop the egg boxes…who knows what it means!!!


other posts on Venice Architecture Biennale 2012:

architecture biennale architecture

biennale and other priorities

spaces in between

islands of LA and other installations

the trick with the arsenale

the trick with the arsenale…

…the trick with the Arsenale venue is to visit late in the Biennale season…say October and to go early just before it opens. When it does you can go in, sweep through and start at the far end of the exhibition (it’s a vast space) working backwards. Doing so you get to see everything with almost no other people “getting in the way”…,i recommend it…even though maybe that’s not the way the curator intended you to view it!

Gateway” installation by Norman Foster

Gateway” installation by Norman Foster -is a full on onslaught of images and words, representing different types of buildings and spaces, criss-crossed with the names of the architects, designers and planners that have influenced our built environment over the years.

Vessel” by O’donnell and Tuomey – a site specific work that really occupies it’s space…which is not easy in the arsenale…

The Museum of Copying“, curated by British architect’s FAT exploring the concept of copying in architecture.

Architecture and its Affects” by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Elbphilharmonie” by Herzog & de Meuron – The Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall on top of a former industry in Hamburg, which also includes a 250 room five-star hotel, and 47 apartments. The project, in a very advanced state, remains halted since last year due to legal issues with the contractor (more).


other posts on Venice Architecture Biennale 2012:

architecture biennale architecture

biennale and other priorities

spaces in between

islands of LA and other installations

plenty of money and full colour brochures…

i think this will be my last post from this 2010 Biennale of Architecture…and i have barely skimmed the surface…but i think for now…enough…!

A room jam-packed with talking heads, examples of the 2,000 hours of interviews made by the art curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist, including all the participants in this current Biennale.

The Japanese woman you can see is architect Kazuyo Sejima, one half of the Tokyo-based practice Sanaa and also the first female director of this event…not so surprising is that, as ever in these things, among participants, interviews, the female presence is in the minority…

Provisional Space by Wang Wei

RECLAIM” an installation representing the Kingdom of Bahrain who were  awarded the golden lion for the best national participation, is an investigation into the decline of sea culture in the island. Three fishermen’s huts were transported from their original sites in Bahrain to form the focal point of the installation. (…the Kingdom of Bahrain are not short of a bob or two they had stacks and STACKS of thick full colour brochures to give away…)

…and this most definitely concludes my posts from Venice for now…back to real life for a wee bit…but not before one last gratuitous day and night shot of this beautiful, beautiful city…

more architecture biennale 2010 on this blog:

society of the spectacle

arsenale

other pavilions

rural urbanism and rethinking happiness

more giardini

venice biennale of architecture

society of the spectacle…

Transsolar + Tetsuo Kondo architects: Cloudscapes

below the clouds…

above the clouds…

“The ability to touch, feel and walk through the clouds is a notion drawn from many of our fantasies. Gazing out of aeroplane windows, we often daydream of what it might be like to live in this ethereal world of fluffy vapour

walking under, above and inside the clouds…

…and speaking of pure spectacle Olafur Eliasson was also here with a work called Your Split Second House:

bloody difficult to photograph…3 ropes whirl round and round. Water runs down them and creates a rhythmic thrashing sound as it hits the ground. All this happens in the pitch dark and is illuminated only by sporadic strobe lighting…It was fun, nothing more nothing less but not on a par with some of his more epic works.

A split second is the space between 2 seconds. The gap between past and future; not just the part of now that is a void, seemingly frozen in time. In it nothing changes. What might change is the way we relate to it. Habitual coordinates such as subject and object, gravity and anti-gravity are freed up. This feeling of reconstituting our way of experiencing the world can happen suddenly, in a jolt. We do not feel the split second, but only realize afterwards that we have lived through one.” Olafur Eliasson

…another appearance from the art peeping tom…my companion mutters that this is like a Pistoletto mirror, putting the audience into the picture…

outside…

more architecture biennale 2010 on this blog:

plenty of money and full colour brochures

arsenale

other pavilions

rural urbanism and rethinking happiness

more giardini

venice biennale of architecture

arsenale…

Another surprise…’cos normally with the Art Biennale i don’t like the Arsenale as a venue, it’s so huge and cavernous (beautiful in its own right of course), filled with a great vomit of art…video and sound are all thrown in together to the total detriment of all concerned…in the end you feel assaulted by the art while struggling to remember any one piece…

“If Buildings could Talk” – People watching a 3D film installation by Wim Wenders (not so great – using some of the ideas from Wings of Desire but none of the poetry!)

…so imagine my surprise as i find myself enjoying the Arsenale experience. There seem to be fewer pieces for a start and they are more considered, some are site specific, undaunted by the scale of their environment and there is much less video which (in this venue’s case) is a good thing  and the video that is installed is decently isolated so it does not invade its neighbouring environments…

Balancing Act” by Ensamble studio

“we have understood the whole arsenale as a theme of multiple counterpoint, where after the appearance of the original space, different voices occur around that theme, developed and carried in intervals, creating a complex compositional sequence, an architectural ”fugue”, in which different spaces follow one another, and in which the dissonant balance of the ‘balancing act’ is just one chord.”  Ensamble Studio

Meanwhile in Croatia…

Croatia’s floating pavilion

Croatia had this great idea of building a pavilion on a barge and floating it to Venice. They built the pavilion…they even floated it…But it never made it to Venice as they experienced extreme construction problems…the thing collapsed, see here for some rather marvellous photos…

…a quiet but heartfelt cheer for the architect who still bothers, or indeed is capable to put pen to paper and eschew, at least for a little the PC…

Gratuitous shot of Venice…

Indigenous Venetian architecture – this is a Squero – unusual in a city built from stone – the traditional wooden structure where gondolas are built…

other architecture biennale 2010 posts on this blog:

plenty of money and full colour brochures

society of the spectacle

other pavilions

rural urbanism and rethinking happiness

more giardini

venice biennale of architecture