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Imagen Subliminal

Becoming: exploring the Spanish Pavilion at the 16th Biennale in Venice

Shot by Imagen Subliminal, the short video "Becoming" offers a immersive visit inside the namesake Spanish Pavillion of the 2018 edition of the Venice Biennale 2018. Under the guide of Atxu Amann and the curatorial team, composed by Andrés Cánovas, María Mallo, Nicolás Maruri and Gonzalo Pardo, the Spanish Pavilion responds to the FREESPACE theme, chosen by this year directors Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, presenting "Spanish architecture as seen from learning environments, by means of actions, discourses and pieces of work developed by a wonderful set of architects that during the last years have questioned the limits and conditions previously assumed by our discipline".

The six rooms that compose the building hosting the Spanish Pavilion at the Giardini della Biennale, are freed of every structure, furnitures, instruments: as the curators explain, there are 55 adjectives written across the floor ("political, social, narrativa, topologica, magica, ludica, incierta, colaborativa, sexy y disruptiva", just to name a few), "which spatially organize the works tattooed on the walls of the regained pavilion". Placed on the walls, with no hierarchical order, no categories and from all the different scales at the same time, "the 435 selected contributions by a board of experts via a public open call, are placed by closeness and affinity, sharing issues of concern and ways of being in the world".

The video by Imagen Subliminal, using a technique which we have also seen in presenting "Transmaterial Politics" exhibition by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, intensifies the desire of the curatorial board to involve visitors and to promote participation, to make architecture collaborative, inclusive, a never ending learning process.
Imagen Subliminal worked with camera lens distortions in post production in order to create a virtual tour of the exhibition, but, what's more, the distortions applied on the colorful walls create a sense of dizziness and a psychedelic experience that transports the viewers through the material and virtual space. In fact, "Becoming", is designed not to end with the Biennale closing: a virtual space will continue to exist. b-e-c-o-m-i-n-g will remains on the internet and in the garden at the rear end of this small pavilion, created by all of us, during the next six months.

(Story by Sara Marzullo, The Architecture Player)


Curator: Atxu Amann
Curatorial Team: Andrés Cánovas, María Mallo, Nicolás Maruri and Gonzalo Pardo
Mentioned project: Spanish Pavilion for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition (2018)
Project location: La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Spain 2018
Duration: 1'03"