August 28, 2008 - Sense of Architecture - At 11th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennial
August 28, 2008

At 11th International Architecture Exhibition Venice Biennial

Rethinking the “infinite potentialities”.
In Homage to Luigi Nono
Curator – Designer Team: Charlotte P

Exhibition, Concerts,
Interventions, Academy

September 12 – October 31, 2008


XI International Architecture
Exhibition Venice Biennial
11. Mostra Internazionale di
Architettura. La Biennale di Venezia.

Campo Madonna dell’Orto, Canareggio 3933, VE

SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE. Rethinking the Infinite Potentialities. In Homage to Luigi Nono has been selected by Aaron Betsky, director of the 11th International Architecture Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia. In response to the Biennial´s overall theme of “Out There. Architecture beyond Building”, Charlotte Pöchhacker and Alexander Kada propose with SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE a project that sets out “to awaken the ear, the eyes, human thinking, intelligence to hear different sounds, other ideas, without always wanting to rediscover one´s own mechanisms” (L.Nono)

In reference to the aesthetic approach, according to which perception is regarded as the proto-political aspect of human life, and the change in the form of perception, the shattering of traditional patterns of perception as the essential political process in artistic and architectural creation, SENSE OF ARCHITECT URE in Venice focuses specifically on the perception of different spaces (the space of sound, film, discourse, performance, architecture) and on the associated experimental dispositifs.

Exhibition as spatial viewing device
The SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE exhibition unfolds Heinz Emigholz’s two-dimensional image worlds, the film studies of architectonic structures and objects in an expansive, spatial arrangement as a visual atlas in three-dimensional space. The exhibition display is conceived as an”instrument of spatial perception” and forms the interface between the two-dimensional images and the three-dimensional space.
Multiple projections are presented in a specific architectural display by designer Alexander Kada. In a subtle interplay of the projection bodies and their transparent surfaces, there evolves a myriad of perspectives, through-views and visual references in the real exhibition space and between the projected and reflected image spaces. The visitor becomes part of the spatial construction, only his movement through the exhibition dispositif reveals the complex references of the composition(s) of the exhibition space and the image space.

SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE is an experimental lab that takes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the various aspects of architecture (cultural, philosophical, ethical, aesthetic). The architecture of SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE is open in conception and manifests itself in different formats depending on the particular context (exhibition / concerts / design laboratories / think-tanks / performance and interventions).

In its various manifestations SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE focuses on the viewer’s / user’s willingness to become open by experiencing unfamiliar and unexpected contexts. With regard to this endeavour, SENSE OF ARCHITECT URE is indebted to Luigi Nono’s key concern ” To awaken the ear, the eyes, human thinking, intelligence”. SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE sets out to provoke in this spirit, to provoke in the sense of touching sense and senses.

An Artists book “SENSE OF ARCHITECTURE” will be lauched on September 12th in the presence of artist and filmmaker Heinz Emigholz.

Since 1993 Charlotte Pöchhacker is artistic director of ARTIMAGE CONTEMPORARY informe.

Exhibition Design
Alexander Kada is the Principal of Kadadesign (Graz/Wien) with Offices in Graz since 1995 and Vienna since 2003 and international operation in Denmark and Italy.

Filmdirection and Photography
Heinz Emigholz looks back on numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications worldwide as a Filmmaker, visual artist, author and publisher.

Contact press & communication:
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tel: 0043 664 2663358

The project is funded by the Cultural Department of the Styrian Government.


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