Romanian Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition 'la Biennale di Venezia' / Giardini di Castello / 7th June - 23rd November 2014 /
Exhibition 'Site Under Construction' imagery curated by Mihai Sima, Anca Trestian, Raluca Sabau, Stejara Timis and Andreea Iancu
Working with Paula Onet and Tudor Petre in creating a sensorial experience in the Romanian Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennial, one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) architecture and art events in the world, was the most exciting professional challenge so far.
Here is Paula facing some of the 11 screens with projections of archive footage we edited and directed for the exhibition.
The exhibition is open June 6th - November 23rd from 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
"Empty, abandoned space in which a series of occurrences have taken place seems to subjugate the eye of the urban photographer. Such urban space, which I will denote by the French expression terrain vague, assumes the status of fascination, the most solvent sign with which to indicate what cities are and what our experience of them is… The photographic images of terrain vague are territorial indications of strangeness itself, and the aesthetic and ethical problems that they pose embrace the problematics of contemporary social life. What is to be done with these enormous voids, with their imprecise limits and vague definition?”
Terrain Vague, 1995, Essay by Spanish Architect Ignasi de Sola-Morales.
Silo 468 is a retired oil silo in Helsinki converted into a light installation and a public light show. The Silo is intended to create a landmark for the district, visible from several kilometers away. The 55-foot-tall silo is illuminated by 1,250 LED lights that shine through perforations in the silo’s walls. The lights are programmed to display ever-changing patterns that mimic flocks of birds. Silo 468 was designed by Madrid based artists Lighting Design Collective.
'In Stalker, the wasteland hovers as a space of potential like no other: destruction is likely but redemption is possible and the actualization of the unknown and terrifying virtual may change things in a way that is at the very least, interesting. … In these achingly beautiful wastelands, only wonder and free-floating belief in the unknown can navigate the disintegration of all that once seemed rational.'