Today the Spanish Pavilion has been inaugurated at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Under the title becoming, the exhibition curated by the architect Atxu Amann opens the doors to show actions, discourses and productions of architecture students that have been developed between 2012 and 2017.
The opening event was managed by a group of architecture students. Tomorrow, Saturday, the 26th, at 12:00 a joint opening will be held with the pavilions of Belgium and the Netherlands, which will present the EUROPE action, winner of an international open call between the three pavilions. After obtaining the Golden Lion at the Biennale Architettura 2016 with the Unfinished proposal of the architects Carlos Quintáns and Iñaqui Carnicero - which showed the architecture reinvented after the construction crisis - the Spanish Pavilion now addresses the future of architecture from the point of view from the view of the researchers.
becoming refers to a vector of the future, with a common origin of training in the School, which extends to other learning spaces and times in dialogue with other disciplines. Based on a series of 52 adjectives that qualify the architecture that was raised in the open call, becoming a place for heterogeneous proposals and reflections about architecture and vindication of learning environments as a space for criticism and architectural creation.
affective, affirmative, atmospheric, enhanced, biodigital, collaborative, cosmopolitic, everyday, critical, caretaker, disruptive, emergent, en_red, assembled, strategic, experimental, extraterrestrial, feminist, generative, hybrid, human, uncertain, inclusive, independent, inform ( acion) al, ludic, magical, multiple, narrative, other, participatory, perfectible, performative, peripheral, political, postproductive, programmed, prototyped, reactive, reused, sampled, sexy, synchronized, social, sustainable, techno-artisanal, temporal, thermodynamic, topological, transdisciplinary, transformable, transboundary, transmaterial, unfinished, virtual.
Among the eclectic selection of the pavilion can be seen proposals that critically review the past, others that redefine daily spaces of the present, also those that imagine a future based on sustainability, welfare and social justice, as well as formulas that intermingle the real world and the virtual one. It will be the first time that the Pavilion shows, for example, doctoral theses on architecture. In becoming, the information is material and written on the ground 52 adjectives that spatially organize the works tattooed on the walls of the recovered and now empty pavilion designed by Vaquero Palacios in 1952. Within this recovery a call was also made to transform the outer space perimeter of the Pavilion. The winning intervention aims to remain in the pavilion once it is finalized. In the 1072 m2 of wallpaper that surrounds the pavilion, the graphic as a method of investigation, constitutes a social language that allows to establish conversations in which to confront the untouchable, revising it and putting it in crisis and entering into dialogue with other disciplines that also act as active agents participate in a collective construction of the world.
The becomers qualify as emerging, activating different ways of being architects, opening paths that allow exploring other modes of professional performance in an irreversible bankruptcy of the traditional models of progress, prestige and quality in all its dimensions that have illuminated an unpredictable political condition to our work. Without partitions between the imagined architecture and the built one, becoming the pavilion for some architects that no longer dominate the whole disciplinary area; as strategists, from the economic and material resources they have, they are responsible for inventing their own profession. The future of architecture is not architectural. Politics in architecture has to do with how it is positioned in relation to the strategies of power that regulate our lives and in relation to social agents, citizens and especially the most vulnerable sectors. being invites us to rethink both the tools of architecture and its modes of learning and the political scope of its productions. The official learning environments are no longer places to give continuity to what is already standardized, but laboratories where to test the conditions of possibility of the architectures and the subjectivities to come.
The becomers seem to feel like actors involved in the construction of alternative worlds that can never be exclusively attended from the architecture, where issues and freedoms are unattainable from the established. becoming perhaps not easily read; they are not occupied territories, nor built presences, nor even positioned objects: they are interests, concerns and ways of being in the world shared through actions, discourses and productions developed in learning environments. They speak of new conditions far from incompatible positions, where research, project and even action are developed as a same critical practice that introduces. becoming also proposes other specific calls within the framework of the Biennial. The first of these has invited student groups to present a project to transform the outer space of the Spanish Pavilion in Venice. 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 call, it was also accepted the proposal of a second group of students to re-occupy the rear space of the pavilion, which was traditionally used for storage, and which now becomes the exit door of the exhibition. It is a curtain installation that reflects the concepts that have inspired the show. 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.
Likewise another call has been made together with the pavilions of Belgium and Holland, through the contest called Out of the Box Celebration. A proposal was demanded that would occupy the space between these three pavilions. The winner selected from more than 100 ideas presented is the Europa facility, part of Belgian students, which proposes the disappearance of the divisions between countries and pavilions. The open and free proposal of the Spanish Pavilion includes the declaration of intentions of the commissioners assigned to the Biennale Architettura 2018, the Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley Mcnamara. Under the umbrella of the Freespace concept, curators encourage us to revise ways of thinking with new ways of seeing the world to invent solutions where architecture provides the well-being and dignity to the citizens of this fragile planet.
The exhibition in the 16th. International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia will remain open from May 26 to November 25, 2018.