PLANE—SITE, a global video channel agency, has released exclusive videos with curators of the US, French, Nordic and German Pavilions for those who have not visited yet at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by the Irish duo Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara under the title of Freespace.
Developed in collaboration with archipinion, four video-interviews, exploring the major pavilions, have been unveiled as mini-series in order to capture the essence of the pavilion and their themes with the curators.
US Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2018
PLANE—SITE, together with archipinion, visited the US Pavilion exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 2018, where they had the chance to talk with Mimi Zeiger, one of its three curators. In the video, Zeiger talks about the theme of the event, “Dimensions of Citizenship”, and how it “challenges architects and designers to envision what it means to be a citizen today.” With an emphasis on the American-Mexican border and combating conventional notions of citizenship, this exhibition provides not only a political discussion, but also one of humanity. The US Pavilion exhibition was co-commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.
German Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2018
At La Biennale di Venezia 2018, PLANE—SITE and archipinion spoke with the curators of the German Pavilion: Marianne Birthler, Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit of GRAFT. Taking the theme of ‘Unbuilding Walls’, this year’s pavilion starts with the idea that a wall is more than just a dividing line — they also shape psychic boundaries within society. How, the curators ask, can such walls be deconstructed?
French Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2018
At this year’s La Biennale di Venezia, PLANE—SITE and archipinion visited the French Pavilion and caught up with its three curators: Nicola Delon, Julien Choppin and Sébastien Eymard of Encore Heureux. In this short interview with Nicola Delon, he discusses their theme, ‘Infinite Places’. Through objects, video and models, the Pavilion explores how existing buildings can playfully adapt to create places of freedom and experimentation.
Nordic Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2018
At La Biennale di Venezia 2018, PLANE—SITE and archipinion had the opportunity to talk to Eero Lundén, a curator of the Nordic Pavilion at the Biennale. The theme of the exhibition is titled “Another Generosity”, and encourages the onlooker to view the natural and built environments as one, instead of as separate entities. The large, cellular structures in the pavilion consist of both air and water, and are directly influenced by the outside environment, giving the impression that all is one, and no part of the whole is unrelated.