Director-General of Culture and Media of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Barbera Wolfensberger has just opened WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia.
Barbera Wolfensberger: 'In line with this collaborative working method, curator Marina Otero Verzier has created a multidisciplinary exhibition for the Dutch Pavilion. This showcases the ambition to not only overcome national boundaries but to operate beyond disciplinary boundaries as well.’
With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. The project, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut and curated by Marina Otero Verzier, includes contributions by a group of architects, artists, designers, historians, musicians and theorists selected by the curatorial team and through a number of open calls. This collaborative endeavor seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation. A domain of research and innovation that, despite its ongoing transformation of the built environment and bodies that inhabit it, is still largely devoid of a critical spatial perspective.
Welcome to the Netherlands, a testing ground where the future of labor has been and continues to be reimagined. For centuries, its physical landscape has been meticulously shaped and designed by human-machine enterprises. So has its societal structure. An emphasis on work and discipline over leisure manifests in its architecture, from the scale of the territory to that of the bed. The locker is an interface between the laboring and the non-laboring self, if any distinction between the two remains today. The lockers in the exhibition chart a journey through a series of architectures in the Netherlands and beyond in which bodies are categorized and transformed: offices, playgrounds, farms, factories and virtual spaces, windows, beds, and doors. Scenarios that look familiar—if rarely accessible or seemingly banal—but are nevertheless at the epicenter of the transformation of labor:
Bed-In, by Beatriz Colomina
The Door(s) of No Return: On Technologies of Certain Bodies, by Amal Alhaag
Songs for Hard Working People, by Noam Toran with Florentijn Boddendijk and Remco de Jong
Renderlands: Installation, by Liam Young
The Port and the Fall of Icarus, by Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, and Filippo LaFleur
Automated Landscapes, by Marten Kuijpers and Victor Muñoz Sanz
The Institute of Patent Infringement, by Jane Chew and Matthew Stewart
Constant's New Babylon, revisited by Mark Wigley
Safety Measures, by Simone C. Niquille
Shore Leaves, by Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Patelli and Giulio Squillacciotti
Architecture of Sex Work, in collaboration with Amsterdam Museum and The Foundation for Responsible Robotics
Read more about the activities, team, and partners of WORK, BODY, LEISURE.
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