The "Site Under Construction" project reflects on the assimilation of modernism in Eastern Europe through industrial architecture, showcasing the urban voids left behind by successive destructions caused by industrialization. The exhibition explores the city as an imperceptible black box, featuring three urban isles animated by video projections of the industrial past and a light tower representing the postindustrial present. The project also examines the Romanian adoption of modernity at the end of the nineteenth century and proposes two mixed topics for research, one on national pavilions and the other on transarchitectures.
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...