The exponential growth of global data is manifested locally in Ireland, with Dublin becoming Europe's hub for data in 2019. Data centers are predicted to consume 31% of Ireland's energy demand by 2027, raising concerns about the ecological impact. The Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale explores the materiality of our digital era, highlighting the collapse of digital infrastructure through a primitive socializing technology - the "talo".
Supermarket sweep… the Latvian pavilion which has been transformed into a minimart.
This contribution brings a little levity to the long trek through the halls of the Arsenale.
Choice as the basis of architectural process, the pop aesthetics emphasizing the languages of consumption as in Hamilton or Warhol: everything is structured by the dynamics of commerce.
Welcome to T/C Latvija, surely the most instagrammed installation of this edition of the Biennale
Smart? Brilliant? Ironic?
Latvia is reopening the archive boxes once again, reminding us (including the Biennial Presidency) of everything that has already been thought up and invented, and inviting us to place the most urgently needed products in the basket, to combine them with one another, and ultimately consume all the knowledge.
Fun, colourful and thought-provoking, it offers a tongue-in-cheek moment to the Arsenale sequence...