BIENNALE WORKSHOP GROUP 5: Curating creation. Moving image from the representational to the experiential.

Elsa Snyder
Harish Ramakrishnan
Niek Schoenmakers
Tesar Filoni
Kelwin Palmer

The Biennale of Venice shows works, installations and images by architects from all over the world, each with a different style and background. This collection of architecture is curated by a curator, in the 2012 Venice Biennale by David Chipperfield.

As we navigated the Biennale, the question we were confronted with and asked ourselves was: How can architecture be exhibited?

Architecture by its very nature exists beyond the boundaries of its purely physical implementation. This means that any attempt to exhibit it, is inherently flawed. You tend to be confronted with the dichotomy of trying to represent architecture in an exhibition or a futile undertaking of exhibiting architecture. It has so far been impossible to transpose an existing architecture into an exhibition, without using representation. The commonly accepted alternative is to try and construct architecture itself in the artificial environment of the Biennale, which is equally problematic.We attempted to navigate and approach this problem by sampling and assembling audio and visual slices of the Biennale. By adding and subtracting contrasting spaces and images, we have tried to create a dialogue between representation and experience.

There is no narrative to our proposal, it is purely a series of moving images which filter and synthesise experience.In many ways the role of the curator is very similar to that of the architect, in that they both synthesise information. However we tend to approach this from very different directions.The theme of the Biennale is ‘Common Ground’ and for many of the works within the exhibition, this was the starting point or a point of exploration. Whereas, we began at the end or at least the middle of the Biennale: the exhibition itself. From here we were able to move from curators to creators. By distorting an image, a model or an installation of representation becomes an experiential moving image, created through the dialogue between the images and our representation of it.

What are the pre-perceptions of a represented space and how can these be distorted in order to create a new and more experiential image? Our solution was, not to curate our perceived highlights of the Biennale, instead we decided to invert our perceptions. By manipulating representations of space we can exploit and reveal the precepts of the exhibition. By editing our personal curations we created a new, and previously impossible, experience assemblage of the Biennale. Through the process of our collage and layering, we hope to create a dialogue that can reveal the experiential in the representational.

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